"I'm Not Your Baby!"
When I saw this awesome pink jumper, it just gave me all the feels and I knew I had to have it and style it up. The Barbie pink color with the Barbie font, with this strong message " I'm Not Your Baby!". What an interesting juxtaposition. Having recently watched and amazing Netflix series "The Toys That Made Us" where you go on the journey of toy giant Mattel and the story of how Barbie came to be. Created by American businesswoman Ruth Handler in 1959, after she watched her young daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls. She wanted to give her something more and realizing there was a gap in the market Handler, was inspired by a German doll Bild Lilli. Barbie has gone through lots of scrutiny and criticism over the years but has sold over a billion dolls and has been Mattel's most profitable toy.
But is Barbie really just a toy. Many believe that the doll gives girls a unrealistic body type to live up to, which with her 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips) is undeniably unrealistic. However, for me she was an endless source of creativity and inspiration. I loved putting different outfits together on my Barbie and imagining where she might be going and what she might be doing in the look I had created. Whether it was shopping with her girlfriends (aka my other dolls) or going on a date with Ken. There was always a new story, and a new adventure. In 2016 Mattel debuted new shapes in Barbie: Tall, Petite and Curvy. These dolls also come in a variety of skin tones and hair styles. I think they are really trying to move with the time and give kids a option and see that it is not one size fits all.
I have always been a very empowered female. From growing up during the Spice Girls era to having a single Mom who taught me how strong and powerful I am (we all are!). It's funny to me how a piece of knitwear came evoke a feeling of that power and strength. To me it reads...."I may love pink but I'm no one's baby!"
We still have a long way to go with female empower and bridging the gender gap but I really feel like we are on our way to a fairer tomorrow! I think we are all responsible for ourselves, stay aware and inspired. I love website's like Refinery29, TeenVogue and Girlboss.com who are always sharing inspiration stories and articles on so many interesting subjects and also make it really easy to stay on top of issues. We can all make a difference whether it's on a larger scale or simply among our own friends. The Future is Female.