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Why was Barbie so hideous back in 1959 and the 60s?

My goodness she was hideous. Is that what white women looked more like then? Wasn’t she supposed to be a teen? I’m confused.

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by Anonymousreply 107July 22, 2021 9:50 PM

Her in the 70s

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by Anonymousreply 1July 18, 2021 7:02 PM
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by Anonymousreply 2July 18, 2021 7:03 PM


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by Anonymousreply 3July 18, 2021 7:03 PM

Boobs and eyeliner were *in*.

by Anonymousreply 4July 18, 2021 7:04 PM

1969 Barbie looks just like Christina Applegate circa early Kelly Bundy.

by Anonymousreply 5July 18, 2021 7:05 PM

Barbie in 2015 looks better than 1959. Bitch had a lot of work done!

by Anonymousreply 6July 18, 2021 7:09 PM

You'd look bad too if you had no genitals.

by Anonymousreply 7July 18, 2021 7:26 PM

Makeup was different back then

by Anonymousreply 8July 18, 2021 7:37 PM

Uneeda's Katrina Lenk doll was the prettiest of the Barbie knock-offs.

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by Anonymousreply 9July 18, 2021 7:39 PM

Better than 1939

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by Anonymousreply 10July 18, 2021 7:40 PM

I think beauty standards for women changed dramatically

by Anonymousreply 11July 18, 2021 7:42 PM

Oh, puhleeze, r10. 1939 would be far more like....

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by Anonymousreply 12July 18, 2021 7:46 PM

Early Barbie was like Mary Tyler Moore in early seasons. The heavy eyeliner.

Also, the early Barbies did not have "real" eyelashes, they used some kind of plastic protrusion to simulate eyelashes. Hence, the weird look.

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by Anonymousreply 13July 18, 2021 7:56 PM

I really like that atomic fabric pattern on the Miss Suzette at r9.

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by Anonymousreply 14July 18, 2021 8:02 PM

No, early (first) Barbie was like Lilli. Some 70's Barbies had an MTM or Marlo look.

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by Anonymousreply 15July 18, 2021 8:04 PM

I am feeling deeply triggered by all these pageant Barbie doll images.

by Anonymousreply 16July 18, 2021 8:05 PM

Sometimes known as the Marlo Barbie...

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by Anonymousreply 17July 18, 2021 8:06 PM

Today I learned…a lot of the time Barbie looked like a whore.

by Anonymousreply 18July 18, 2021 9:44 PM

We thought the pointier the tits the better.

by Anonymousreply 19July 18, 2021 9:53 PM

R18, well, she sort of WAS a whore. She was based on a German doll named Lilli, who was meant to be a prostitute. Lilli was given out as a gag gift at bachelor parties and, reputedly, by brothels as a souvenir. That's how Barbie came by her exaggerated curves and hard makeup.

by Anonymousreply 20July 18, 2021 10:19 PM

Her eyes in 1993 are disgustingly oversized. She looks like a Margaret Keane painting.

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by Anonymousreply 21July 18, 2021 10:23 PM

She looks like a tart!

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by Anonymousreply 22July 18, 2021 10:27 PM

1964 looks like she has fetal alcohol syndrome

by Anonymousreply 23July 19, 2021 12:10 AM

Don't they now have fat barbie and trans barbie? I think barbies days of looking good are over.

by Anonymousreply 24July 19, 2021 12:19 AM

Barbie was on LSD back in the 1960s. Now she is a coke whore with bad plastic surgery and fillers so she is getting a reality show to choke out Ken.

by Anonymousreply 25July 19, 2021 12:36 AM

[quote]Sometimes known as the Marlo Barbie..

I get pegged with that one on my birthday.

by Anonymousreply 26July 19, 2021 1:11 AM

Mamie Eisenhower was proud

by Anonymousreply 27July 19, 2021 1:42 AM

Barbie looked like a hard little streetwalker who'd cut a bitch.

by Anonymousreply 28July 19, 2021 6:28 AM

No one cares about Barbie in the 1950s and 60s.

That's why this thread bombed.

by Anonymousreply 29July 19, 2021 11:15 PM

I have no interest in girls toys but genuinely find the evolution of the beauty standards quite interesting

by Anonymousreply 30July 20, 2021 8:59 AM

1959 Barbie was the most beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 31July 20, 2021 9:18 AM

All the current recent ones look like Real Housewives of Orange County, complete with face-puffing fillers. They're just missing the duck lips.

The original one looked like Debi Mazar. (Was she created in New York City by any chance?)

The current one looks like Tamra Judge.

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by Anonymousreply 32July 20, 2021 9:21 AM

Wait until what they look like from 2022 to 2050, OP

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by Anonymousreply 33July 20, 2021 9:26 AM

Barb really clung to pencil brows, blue shadow and a rose lip for a long time.

Imo from the pics above, 2008 is the only sexy one. 1977 looks the healthiest and cutest.

by Anonymousreply 34July 20, 2021 10:56 AM

Dovima - Famous 50’s model looked similar to 50’s Barbie.

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by Anonymousreply 35July 20, 2021 11:15 AM

Dovima- Dorothy Virginia Margaret. Her real name. Ended up as a hostess in a pizzeria in Fort Lauderdale. She was fabulous and an Avedon favorite.

by Anonymousreply 36July 20, 2021 11:24 AM

The only Barbie doll I ever had was a gift from a clueless relative. Back then I hated dolls and I hated dance, so why anyone thought to get me a Dance Workout Barbie is a mystery.

She came with a memorable VHS workout tape.

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by Anonymousreply 37July 20, 2021 12:28 PM

Barbie has a new face every few years. Fake bitch.

by Anonymousreply 38July 20, 2021 1:07 PM

Barbie is a sellout whore who lets cultural trends determine everything about her.

by Anonymousreply 39July 20, 2021 1:11 PM

Talk about a punchable face?

by Anonymousreply 40July 20, 2021 1:11 PM

R39 is right. She was all MAGA one minute then BLM the next when it became popular.


by Anonymousreply 41July 20, 2021 1:16 PM

Does her Vagina smell much ?

by Anonymousreply 42July 20, 2021 1:20 PM

Debi Mazar really looks like older model Barbie.

Madonna looks like…. A fucking monster.

by Anonymousreply 43July 20, 2021 1:20 PM

I had always heard that they were used for insertion

by Anonymousreply 44July 20, 2021 1:34 PM

Those stories are best left in the 60’s & 70’s

by Anonymousreply 45July 20, 2021 1:41 PM

What happened between 1967 and 1968? Barbie went from a demure pretty teenager to a used-up drug-addled slut.

by Anonymousreply 46July 20, 2021 2:08 PM

We don’t talk enough about LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE, and all the Intimate Rituals that Ken had going with the Jonas Brother-looking twink rival boy for Barbie’s love.

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by Anonymousreply 47July 20, 2021 2:34 PM

R47 no. They wouldn’t

by Anonymousreply 48July 20, 2021 3:29 PM

R44 many years ago I went to a straight guy’s bachelor party. A stripper was hired for entertainment and during her act she started fucking herself with a Barbie doll. Then she took it out and kissed it and started licking it. The whole scene was revolting, and not just to me, but the groom and most other straight guys who were watching.

by Anonymousreply 49July 20, 2021 3:42 PM

R49 ok

by Anonymousreply 50July 20, 2021 3:46 PM

Look at fashion magazines from the late 50s and early 60s. Barbie is made up just like the models.

by Anonymousreply 51July 20, 2021 3:48 PM

R29 The OP jr is a fat dumb ass.

by Anonymousreply 52July 20, 2021 3:51 PM

Funny you should say that, r14. 1994 Barbie looks just like JonBenet!

1985 Barbie looks like Tan Mom.

by Anonymousreply 53July 20, 2021 3:58 PM

This is who I think looks like Barbie: Debi Mazur—she’s a real close match.

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by Anonymousreply 54July 20, 2021 4:24 PM

She had a way with elephants, r35...

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by Anonymousreply 55July 20, 2021 4:44 PM

Lol R23: Wide-set eyes became a popular beauty standard after Jackie Kennedy became First Lady.

by Anonymousreply 56July 20, 2021 6:17 PM


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by Anonymousreply 57July 20, 2021 6:26 PM

R56 but aren’t you either born with them or not?

by Anonymousreply 58July 20, 2021 6:26 PM

Barbie was NOT hideous. However, Midge WAS plain.

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by Anonymousreply 59July 20, 2021 6:31 PM

Midge was so boring she was dropped as Barbies friend. In 1968 Barbie had two new friends, fellow blonde Stacy, and Christie, the first black Barbie doll (different from Black Barbie, introduced in 1980).

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by Anonymousreply 60July 20, 2021 6:35 PM

They eventually did bring back Midge, r60. She married Alan and became Midge Hadley Sherwood. Lucky girl, considering how plain she was. When she was re-introduced, she'd obviously had work done. I'm convinced that Chatty Cathy grew up to be Midge.

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by Anonymousreply 61July 20, 2021 6:44 PM

[quote]Lucky girl, considering how plain she was.

She's a good cook and does anal.

by Anonymousreply 62July 20, 2021 6:46 PM

Don't ask me, I'm just a girl

by Anonymousreply 63July 20, 2021 6:50 PM

Don't tell me the bitch didn't have a ton of work done...

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by Anonymousreply 64July 20, 2021 6:53 PM

She married Allan, Ken’s “Buddy”?

Oh, honey, Allan and Ken were doing a lot more than wrestling at those sleepovers, Midge. He didn’t marry your ugly ass because he loved you, you’re his beard, dear.

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by Anonymousreply 65July 20, 2021 7:05 PM

Another of Allan

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by Anonymousreply 66July 20, 2021 7:07 PM

I disagree. 1959 Barbie looks fierce, chic, and sharp. The modern cow faced barbies all resemble idiot mall rats.

by Anonymousreply 67July 20, 2021 7:12 PM

I think she's incredible.

by Anonymousreply 68July 20, 2021 7:17 PM



n 1991, Midge married her boyfriend, Alan Sherwood, who was introduced in 1964 to be a friend of Ken. In 2003, Midge and Alan were shown with a little boy named Ryan. It was not confirmed his age, but if you compare his height to Chelsea Kelly Roberts then he looks about three or four years old.

Midge also got pregnant with another baby named Nikki. On Nikki's first birthday, she recieved a dog, which was left unnamed. In shown in the photo album that came with the basic Midge doll, one of photos shows a third child, still a baby. The baby's name turned out to be Cassandra.

In 2013, Midge moved to California. She made no mention of Alan or her children, so it is assumed that they were discontinued completely as parents complained, stating that Midge was too young to be a mother. In Everything Barbie Wiki, we are going to say that they broke up and Alan is caring for the children.

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by Anonymousreply 69July 20, 2021 7:29 PM

‘79 Barbie was starting to look like Tan Mom.

by Anonymousreply 70July 20, 2021 7:40 PM

R69 Midge must have been a complete mess to lose custody of her kids. Either drugs, mental illness or both.

by Anonymousreply 71July 20, 2021 7:42 PM

I think it comes down to her friendship with Barbie, r71. I call it the Barbie-Midge Complex. The perfect over-achieving teenage fashion model type is going to choose the plain girl as best friend to eliminate any competition. It was rumored that Barbie implored Mattel to also make her fat. Not wanting to add the expense of a completely separate wardrobe for Midge, Mattel said no. Still, with her plain Jane looks, Midge was always going to have self esteem issues, even dolled up in Barbie's glamorous hand me downs.

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by Anonymousreply 72July 20, 2021 8:00 PM

R71 sounds more like she abandoned her family to relive her youth. There was no custody battle. She wants nothing to do with them

by Anonymousreply 73July 20, 2021 8:16 PM

Midge literally had plastic surgery...

by Anonymousreply 74July 20, 2021 8:22 PM

In the '60s, Barbie was blond but looked like she she had East Asian eyes.

by Anonymousreply 75July 20, 2021 8:40 PM

R55) Dovima was all kinds of fabulousness. She needs her own thread.

by Anonymousreply 76July 20, 2021 9:09 PM

Hey wait a second. Am I on a gay site?

by Anonymousreply 77July 20, 2021 9:13 PM

I had to buy a birthday present for a little girl who liked Barbies, a couple of years back, and I selected a 'Sweet Talking Ken'.

"Sweet Talking Ken™ Doll Ken® is Barbie® doll's ultimate boyfriend for every occasion. Why?

Because the Ken® doll says whatever you want him to say (you talk, he records up to 5 seconds of sound, and plays back).

Just press the button on Ken® doll's chest to record your voice (a microphone is built into his chest) and then by pressing 3 different buttons on Ken® doll's lower back you can play back in a high, normal or low pitch. Sweet!"

Well, you can imagine how much fun we had with that before I gift wrapped it. Sweet Talking Ken ended up quite the potty mouth.

by Anonymousreply 78July 20, 2021 9:34 PM

I still have all my dolls. Ken and Alan are in great shape. Barbie is depressed. Skipper is annoying, Francie is introverted, Midge is kooky, Scooter is mute, Ricky is stoned.

by Anonymousreply 79July 20, 2021 11:39 PM

I notice you didn't mention Julia.

by Anonymousreply 80July 21, 2021 12:00 AM

I mean Ken didn’t have any Genitalia! So why would Barbie look good? She couldn’t get any and tell G.I. Joe showed up

by Anonymousreply 81July 21, 2021 12:10 AM

R35, I thought Barbie looked more like Jean Patchett.

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by Anonymousreply 82July 21, 2021 12:16 AM

6 terrific teen-age tunes

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by Anonymousreply 83July 21, 2021 12:34 AM

Y'all forgot about Growing Up Skipper!

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by Anonymousreply 84July 21, 2021 1:26 AM

Skipper was Barbies sister. Not her friend. Barbie probably just ignored her

by Anonymousreply 85July 21, 2021 1:28 AM

And then Tutti came along and ruined everything.

by Anonymousreply 86July 21, 2021 2:13 AM

Come to think of it, yes, Barbs did seem to have an Arlene Dahl or Jayne Meadows aspirational aura about her in her early days.

Did they ever make a “Barbra Streisand” Barbie? One with only one allowed left photograph-able side?! ;)

by Anonymousreply 87July 21, 2021 2:20 AM

Idk but Britney had her own Barbie

by Anonymousreply 88July 21, 2021 2:30 AM

You bitches asked for it...

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by Anonymousreply 89July 21, 2021 2:33 AM

R87, there is a Streisand Barbie: She's dressed in Barb's late 60's gear:

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by Anonymousreply 90July 21, 2021 1:29 PM

Barbie had resting bitch face until 1966

by Anonymousreply 91July 21, 2021 3:25 PM

Alien Barbie

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by Anonymousreply 92July 21, 2021 3:29 PM

R13- Mary looked SO pretty and youthful the first two seasons of MTM. After that she looked older and not as pretty.

by Anonymousreply 93July 21, 2021 3:43 PM

Barbie famously called Midge a “Homely Kunt”

by Anonymousreply 94July 21, 2021 3:44 PM

It’s the 21st century BITCHES- Mattel is completely my out with a TRANS Barbie .

by Anonymousreply 95July 21, 2021 3:45 PM

You think Barbie was hideous, get a load of 1976 Marie Osmond.

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by Anonymousreply 96July 21, 2021 3:47 PM

R95 she’s never called me that!

by Anonymousreply 97July 21, 2021 3:49 PM

Barbie was getting all she could handle on the side from Tyson.

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by Anonymousreply 98July 21, 2021 4:33 PM

The original Barbie resembled DL fave Dolores Gray.

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by Anonymousreply 99July 21, 2021 4:37 PM


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by Anonymousreply 100July 21, 2021 4:37 PM

In motion.

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by Anonymousreply 101July 21, 2021 4:38 PM

I LOVED blonde Nazi Barbie from 1959. My sisters somehow had an original in her striped black-and-white bathing suit, with her vaguely menacing eyes staring through you like the eyes of a tiny weasel.

But my personal favorite was the brunette Jackie-inspired Barbie from 1961, with her bubble-cut (meaning bouffant, of course) modernity.

Here she is, trying to look away from the horror of seeing Lyndon Johnson complete the crime by forcing her to witness his inauguration on the coffin plane.

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by Anonymousreply 102July 21, 2021 4:42 PM

Barbie from the 1950's-1970's looked amazing. It's the 1980's when her looks started to go downhill. Just like Mickey and Minnie Mouse both looked better in the 1920's than they do today.

by Anonymousreply 103July 21, 2021 5:01 PM

My friend was an ER nurse and she said it would blow your mind if you knew how many of these we have to extricate from men & women!!!

by Anonymousreply 104July 21, 2021 5:02 PM

Do you know who did the original Barbie in? Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! She'd take your old one and melt it down with a maniacal grin on her face.

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by Anonymousreply 105July 22, 2021 2:47 AM

R96, that was Marie Osmond’s original face.

by Anonymousreply 106July 22, 2021 3:17 AM

I must have them ALL!

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