Monday, April 27, 2015

Barbie for Miss Shop @ Myer

Barbie's copped a lot of flak in recent years for being a bad role model because she perpetuates an unrealistic standard of beauty with measurements so unrealistic that if she were a real person she wouldn't be able to walk upright, but I think this is a little harsh - she's just a toy after all, and we don't condemn Transformers for setting an unrealistic example when a little boy says he wants to be a firetruck when he grows up. Barbie is a plaything, a blank slate for kids to project their fantastical imagined scenarios onto, or a tool for hairdressing practice (guilty, there was many a scalped Barbie doll in my house when I was a kid).

Over the past 56 years Barbie's built herself a pretty impressive résumé, she's been a doctor, a veterinarian, a Formula One driver, an Olympian in a number of different sports, a presidential candidate (six times), an architect, a computer engineer, a ballerina, an actress, and a business executive, as well as 140 other things. If Barbie's numerous career paths doesn't tell our children that girls can be literally anything they want to be, then I don't know what does. Barbies clearly got a lot of motivation to succeed in any field she tries her hand at, and I think that makes her a pretty great role model.

Moschino SS15 
And it seems I'm not the only one who thinks Barbie is an inspiration. Meryl Streep was right when she told us as her character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that what features on the runway trickles down through department stores to the high street and so on. Moschino's Spring/Summer 2015 collection featured a clear plastic fantastic influence, and that influence has now made its way into the new Barbie for Miss Shop collection at Myer. With items ranging between $8.95 for a coin purse to $59.95 for the fluffy cardigan featured above, there's some Barbie goodness available for every budget and the bright pink colour palette is perfect to add some colour to an otherwise neutral winter wardrobe. Check it out on the Miss Shop site!

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