Barbie

10 Works of Subversive Barbie Art

The world’s most famous doll celebrated her 55th birthday this weekend. “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” creator Ruth Handler once said. Despite the best intentions, Barbie has come under fire for promoting an unhealthy body image to young girls. Her impossible figure and perfect life have been a target for many artists who have subverted the Barbie norm to explore its absurdity and question feminine ideals. Here are just a… Read More

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13 of the Weirdest Holiday Movies Ever Made

No, it’s not a dark dream induced by the strange drugs your weird neighbors fed you. The Rosemary’s Baby TV adaptation is really happening. The four-hour miniseries based on Ira Levin’s 1967 horror novel and Roman Polanski’s 1968 film will begin production in January. The story will be set in Paris, probably sometime around the holidays, like the feature film. Satan has a wicked sense of humor, no? In the spirit of bizarre holiday stories, we dug up 13 of the strangest seasonal movies — most of which you can watch online right… Read More

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10 Radical Art Projects That Celebrate Women’s Bodies

We’ve known for a while that Barbie’s body is impossibly petite. Her slender figure and absurdly small waist don’t leave enough room for her internal organs, and her tiny ankles and feet would actually force her to move around on all fours. Still, the Mattel icon remains a standard of beauty for many young girls — sometimes with damaging results. When we spotted an art project inspired by Barbie’s cruel measurements, which we feature past the break, we felt compelled to round up other artworks that challenge the status quo surrounding female body… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we read a 1967 Playboy interview with Orson Welles about his experiences as a  fortune-teller. We discovered 100 things to do when you’re stuck inside. We previewed Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal written by the late puppeteer’s daughter, Lisa. We saw the world’s largest coven of… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we readied to play a Vice-Presidential debate drinking game. We talked about why Seinfeld still matters. We prepared for Kraken Awareness Day. We got interstellar with Michael Benson’s amazing photos of the cosmos. We admired an incredible Lego Batcave. We discussed the… Read More

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10 Bizarre Interiors Inspired by Pop Culture

Vanna Bonta, the space traveling author, award-winning poet, and notable inventor of the lovesuit to promote sex in space and other similarly weightless environments, keenly observed that “popularity is not an indication of quality.” Case in point: Pikachu-inspired cars and engagement photos ala The Phantom Menace. We’re now adding over the top interiors to our growing list of unfortunate achievements by pop culture aficionados the world over. From an exact recreation of the Starship Enterprise’s famous flight deck in a London flat to a baby’s nursery inspired by The Dharma Initiative from Lost, click through to check out some of the most bizarre interiors that take obsession to another level entirely. … Read More

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In the Dollhouse: The Less Than Perfect Life of Barbie and Ken

Have you ever wished you could live in Barbie’s dollhouse, perfect Ken at your side? Well, it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Vancouver-based photographer Dina Goldstein is known for work that challenges the conventional conceptions of the feminine ideal, like her dramatic Fallen Princesses series, which dramatizes the modern day plight of those Disney princesses we all know and love. Thanks to Lost at E Minor, we recently discovered another one of her projects, In the Dollhouse, which imagines the less than perfect lives of B & K, who may have a few too many interests in common. Cheeky and clever at first, the photo story takes a dark turn as Barbie starts to crack from the strain of living in a loveless marriage — even in her hot pink dream house. … Read More

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Wanted: Barbie Dolls Made Over as the Women from ‘Mad Men’

When Mattel came out with their Mad Men collectible Barbies back in 2010, we were impressed with their historical accuracy, but a little less than satisfied with their accessories. Lucky for us, New York-based photographer Michael Williams of My Life in Plastic has modified a series of Barbie dolls (and one Skipper for Sally, of course) decked out with all the toys you’d expect — and some we couldn’t believe. Case in point: Betty Draper comes with whipped cream and a scale, and Joan has her own “illegitimate bastard carriage.” Harsh but fair, you guys. Click through to check out this great collection of modded Mad Men barbies, and let us know who else you’d like to see in the comments. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were amused that it took a team of MIT scientists to get ketchup out of a bottle. We read what the Walkmen had to say about their latest, Heaven. We saw new Banksy. We got up to speed on Facebook’s phone graveyard. We… Read More

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Strange and Surreal Paintings Starring Little Girls’ Toys

It’s like Hieronymous Bosch with Barbies, or a horror movie starring beloved little girls’ toys. Those are the kinds of comparisons that come to mind when perusing the paintings of Ewelina Koszykowski, a Poland-born, New York City-based artist whose Immaculate Deception series places dolls and My Little Pony toys (and sometimes hybrids of both) in strange and disconcerting contexts. In one, dozens of undressed Barbies dance menacingly in the dark, at the feet of an apparently sleeping human. Another finds a nude woman with bird features and a cloud of keys for a head praying against a background of torn pony wallpaper, crumpled fast food containers and doll heads littering the floor. Click through to take a look at Immaculate Deception, which we discovered via This Isn’t Happiness, and visit Koszykowski’s website for more of her work. … Read More

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