One of the (many) fun parts of being a parent – is the opportunity to revisit your own childhood when you play with your children. My mother recently brought back my childhood Barbies from storage to give to my 3-year old daughter.
|Skipper, 80s Barbie, 90s Barbie and a 90s Prince Charming Doll (whom I bought because he was cuter than Ken)|
Until recently, I had only let my daughter play with Kelly (Barbie’s toddler sister) because I thought that Barbie’s figure was too “mature”. However, since getting my Barbies – my daughter is more concerned with brushing their hair than worrying about their curves!
|My daughter’s Kelly dolls (the one on the left is a UK doll made by Simba, the floral and gingham dresses were sewn by me!)|
When my daughter is a little older, I plan on getting her a Barbie House – and I thought it would be fun for her to have a variety of fashion dolls living there. For now, I’ve picked out some re-issued Sindy dolls (from the UK) and a Licca-chan Takara doll (from Japan). Both these dolls were produced for local markets as an alternative to “sophisticated” Barbie. They replicated teen figures and had softer-looking features.
|Re-Issued Sindy’s next to my childhood Barbie. I love their big heads, side-glancing eyes and rosebud mouths.|
|Licca-chan doll is still in transit. She resembles my 80s Skipper doll.|
By the way – is it just me, or has Barbie gotten less cute over the years? They keep making her eyes wider and more made-up, while her features have gotten a bit harsh – and dare I say – chintastic!
|Gifts given to my daughter. Stacie and Kelly are cute – but Barbie looks a little severe.|
I know there is a lot of controversy about giving Barbies to children and exposing them to unreal body-shape expectations. But I think it’s the parents’ responsibility to teach their children what is unreal (dolls, photo-shopped models etc) and give them healthy role-models to emulate. Let them enjoy fashion dolls for their play value – while understanding that they are not an ideal to measure themselves against.
Did you have any Fashion Dolls as a child? Do you collect any now? I’d love to read about them in the comments.
If you want to learn more about Sindy, check out this informative site.