I’m a Barbie Girl
I’m a Barbie girl.
I had oodles of Barbies growing up. They had some pretty epic wardrobes, including shoes. She made out with Ken a LOT. Then my little brother beheaded all of them.
And then last year I got myself a new Barbie. At the age of 37. She’s my office mascot and her name is Entrepreneur Barbie.
She’s dressed in a fab little pink frock, great black heels, and has her mobile in one hand and her briefcase in another. She’s got great accessories and is a daily reminder for a lot of fabulous things. We stare at each other since we share a desk space.
Here is why Entrepreneur Barbie is my office mascot:
– Barbie has had over a 150 careers – a great reminder that if you just put your mind to it, you can do anything!
– Barbie never had kids. No one thinks less of her for it or questions her womanhood (despite not actually have legit bits…!).
– Barbie rocks the latest trends and reminds me that to be taken seriously doesn’t mean you need to take the fun out of work wear.
– Barbie has stayed true to herself for generations. Even when people got all harsh about her waist to bust ratio, she stood firm and said you know what, “life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”
– After getting flack for posing in Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue, Barbie wrote an awesome op-ed back (Jennifer Anniston took a cue from her!) in which she wrote:
“Let us place no limitations on her dreams, and that includes being girly if she likes…Let her grow up not judged by how she dresses, even if it’s in heels; not dismissed for how she looks, even if she’s pretty.”
To which I say, here here Barbie!
So why do I, a feminist woman of the world choose to have Barbie as mascot? I think Barbie says it best.
“The reality of today is that girls can go anywhere and be anything. They should celebrate who they are and never have to apologize for it.”
ps – the article Op-Ed has since been deleted from Barbie’s website. But you can read more about it here.