Alternative Barbies 

Barbie  says a lot about the world.  I can't think of any 

other icon that is more widely distributed or so accepted 

as an image of femininity.  Barbie is a defining force 

for both women and men, for the culture in general.  We 

have chosen this image, voted for it with our dollars, 

promoted it unconsciously or consciously.  When 

archeologists dig into the ruins of our world they will 

find the Venus DiMilo of the 20th century: Barbie.

But I think it's about time this icon diversified a 

little.  What about all those aspects of our society that 

are not represented by Barbie?  Let's open up the closet 

doors and let out the repressed real-world Barbies; 

Barbie's extended family of disowned and inbred rejects; 

politically correct Barbies that celebrate the ignored 

and disenfranchised.   

What follows is a sampling of the other Barbies, a 

behind the scenes look at the seamy underbelly of 

Barbie's world.


Possessed Barbie                 

Bjork Barbie                     

X Files Barbie                   

Fat and Ugly Barbie              

'Mentally Challenged' Barbie     

Rhino Barbie                     

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