As a child, us Taylor girls were never into the iconic doll growing up. Maybe it was the oddity of having naked dolls lying around, or the fact that their hair inevitably became a frizzled mass- but to our parents, it was something more serious.
The iconic blond Barbie represented a unrealistic cultural standard that my parents wanted nothing to do with. When we were gifted Barbies- they found their way to Goodwill immediately (sorry to my old birthday party pals!) It was just the way things were.
Not until I was an adult did I fully appreciate the underlying message my parents were communicating. Like Nikolai Lamm’s recent demonstration, it’s ok to rebel against “perfection”.
There’s much more that could be said on the topic, but for now- enjoy the photos and video clip.