Barbie and Ken Meet Mary, Jesus and the Difunta Correa

Barbie as Mary

Oh, Barbie, how you've changed!"Barbie, the Plastic Religion" is the title for an exhibition opening October 11 in Buenos Aires, which features the 1950s power couple dressed as figures in various world religions.Marianela Perelli and Pool Paolini, two artists from Argentina, have created 33 dolls which represent figures from Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam.Here is Barbie as a blonde Virgin Mary:And here, a crucified Christ on the Cross looks remarkably like Barbie's … [Read more...]

Vatican Newspaper Makes the Case for “Bald Barbie”

Bald and Beautiful Barbie

L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, is asking toy manufacturer Mattel Inc. to consider marketing a “Bald Barbie doll.” Barbie—Mattel’s tall, buxom doll that has been a fashion icon since the 1960s—has evolved with the culture. Her friend Becky uses a wheelchair, but Becky doesn’t feel sorry for herself; no, au contraire, Becky’s happily productive and serves as the school photographer. Last year, I wrote about Tokidoki Barbie, a modern-day tart who sports tat … [Read more...]