I knew that would get your attention. Okay, so most of my Barbies are either fairly traditional or historical. I have ten: one in a kimono, one in Thai costume, two in cool designer evening outfits, a cancan dancer, a flapper doll, a Scarlett O’Hara dressed in Victorian period costume and one dressed in the same red evening gown as the one in the movie. I also have–on indefinite loan from a friend–Ken and Barbie in genuine Regency costume. They even have a dog furred in real dog hair!
Yep–I’m one of THOSE people. I like Barbies. When I was a kid, I had a Barbie and a Ken, and I appropriated my brother’s G.I. Joe’s so Barbie had some REAL men to …. er …. play with. You could even say that Barbie spawned my career. While other girl’s Barbies were out shopping, mine were being kidnapped in the Amazon by G.I. Joe (which always included some making out). Barbie, Ken, and G.I. Joe acted out all my romance stories. Sometimes my Mary Poppins doll even joined in.
But Barbie has grown up. There are all kinds of “unusual” costumes for Barbie (S&M Barbie, anyone?), and lots of artists like to goof on Barbie by “corrupting” her in various ways (Zombie Barbie is wrapped in bandages). Then there are people who appropriate her for fantasy heroines, comic book characters, you name it. And lots and lots of cool costumes. I mean, this woman on Etsy even has a shop called “Not Your Mother’s Barbie”! I particularly love her Picasso Barbie.
Personally, I would like to find the Jude Devereaux Barbie and Ken couple for a decent price, but I also wouldn’t mind an Athena or Medusa Barbie. Barbie garbed in snakes–why not?
So did you have Barbies? Or were you into baby dolls? What about stuffed animals? Do you STILL have any of these things? Do you play with them or just display them somewhere? Or are they hidden in a closet because you can’t bear to part with them? What is the most outrageous Barbie you’ve seen?
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of a whole bunch of historical romance novels for Pocket Books and Avon Books, as well as a caffeine addict, Third Culture Kid, chocoholic, and jigsaw puzzle aficionado. Before writing as SJ, she wrote 8 historicals as Deborah Martin (now being revised and re-released) and 3 contemporary paranormal romantic suspense novels as Deborah Nicholas. Her 24th SJ book, WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES, will be out in June, and her first revised Deborah Martin re-release, BY LOVE UNVEILED, is out now!
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