Barbie

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

Today at Flavorpill, we browsed a list of canceled TV shows for the 2011-2012 season — and there are many. We survived a tweet-by-tweet update of the National Zoo’s artificial insemination of panda Mei Xiang. We listened to a dark remix of the song of the summer (you know which … Read More

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The Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today: Photos of Barbie and Ken in Real Life

The fact that Hayden Wood spent six years working as a creative retoucher and graphic artist for Ogilvy in New Zealand is evident in his series Living Dolls, which takes a real life man and woman and manipulates them both into waxy-looking plastic people. Gazing into those creepy, dead eyes makes that childhood dream of having your dolls magically spring to life suddenly seem a lot less appealing, right? Click through to check out a selection of photos from the project, and be sure to let us know in the comments if this Vancouver-based photographer’s work makes you do a double take too. … Read More

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

Today at Flavorpill, we confirmed that cats are more popular than Jesus. We feared the bacon sundae. We browsed a celebrity Barbie gallery in honor of her birthday. (She’s 52!) We listened to John Cleese talk about making our lives more creative. We found out why the price of… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Known for his confrontational interview style, Mike Wallace, one of the original correspondents and hosts of 60 Minutes, died over the weekend at age of 93. “Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” explained former colleague Morley Safer. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’… Read More

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A Collection of Fantastic Celebrity Barbies

We’ll be the first to admit that it has been a long, long time since we were in the target demographic for Barbie, yet when we heard that a collection of dolls inspired by the Kardashians is rumored to be in the works, we couldn’t help but react with a resounding “huh?!” What’s the fun in that? The whole point of playing with Barbie dolls is the escapism and fantasy; meanwhile, whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to admit that the Kardashian sisters have built their ever-growing empire around their willingness to overshare every last banal detail of their daily lives with the public– not exactly the most thrilling source material. Plus, while their fashion choices are typically on-trend, they’re also pretty darn boring. So, we decided to do a little bit of digging, and discovered that there are plenty of celebrity-inspired Barbies on the market that we wouldn’t mind playing with — even as adults. Let us know which doll is your favorite in the comments. … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse

Barbie’s Dreamhouse: the ultimate aspirational symbol of gender-normative American girlhood. But what happens when reality intervenes, and that shining suburban McMansion is overrun by the very consumerist objects that Barbie (and, in turn, her young fans) fetishizes? That’s where artist Carrie M. Becker comes in. In her photo series Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse, the doll’s house is stuffed with clutter and coming apart at the seams: a teenage girl’s bed is almost completely camouflaged by magazines, accessories, and junk; the dining room is piled high with cardboard boxes and trash bags; the bathroom is a grimy mess, the floor completely coated in random belongings and the sink and toilet filled with dirty water. Click through the gallery after the jump to see the American childhood dream transformed into the kind of nightmare you might find on Hoarders, and visit Becker’s website to learn more about her work. … Read More

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Pic of the Day: Barbies Remade as Korean Shamans

Mattel’s iconic Barbie doll has reinvented herself more times than Madonna. Over the years she’s been a bathing beauty, a doctor, a fashion model, and countless stars of stage and screen. Recently, she’s even gotten herself some tattoos. But somehow, Mattel has never seen fit to manufacture a Barbie who could serve as… Read More

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The First Tattooed Barbie Ever

She isn’t going to be available as a kid’s toy, but collectors of Barbie dolls are certain to be scrambling for the new Tokidoki release. She not only stands apart from her more classic incarnations in that she’s the first Barbie to have tattoos, but she also has pink hair and her own Tokidoki cactus friend, Bastardino.

Most of us outgrew our love of Barbies a long time ago, but we might just consider starting up a new collection if they keep releasing dolls with clothing and accessories this hip. Click through to see more detailed pictures of this totally modern fashionista. … Read More

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This Is Architect Barbie’s Dream House

Earlier this year Mattel unveiled its plans for Architect Barbie, the latest in a series of career-themed dolls that already includes a computer engineer and an anchorwoman; we were delighted to see that she’ll come with tons of fun accessories like tiny blueprints, black-rimmed glasses, and a hard hat. Around the same time, the American Institute of Architects announced that it was holding a competition for architects to design the ultimate Barbie Dream House. Click through to get a look at the newly-named winner, an eco-friendly, modern Malibu manse designed by Ting Li and Maja Paklar, that features solar panels, a 500-square-foot terrace, and a greenhouse on the roof, along with Barbie’s extensive list of guidelines for the project. … Read More

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