Mattel Reveals Plans For ‘Drag Queen’ Barbie – Cute Or Offensive?
Over the years, Barbie has gone a lot of places, seen a lot of faces and even celebrated different races. Growing up, Barbie used to be a walking hot topic of current events advocating for women. Until now, it has been reported that a drag queen Barbie has been commissioned.
The Daily Mail reports:
Although the term drag queen is not officially used to describe the new The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll, the plastic figurine was created in part by New York-based fashion designer Phillipe Blond, who is a cross-dresser himself.
Mattel, the company that manufactures Barbie, commissioned the work to Phillipe and David Blond of the label The Blonds, who have expressed their adoration for the doll ever since their label was born in 2007.
Cathy Cline, vice president of marketing for Mattel’s girls’ brands, told The New York Times: ‘One of the great things about Barbie is that she continues to push the envelope. Barbie doesn’t worry about what other people think.’
Retailing for $125, the doll will be a collector’s item. The Blonds Blond Diamond doll will be exclusively available for pre-order at Barbiecollector.com. The doll is reported to have more glam then a regular Barbie. An official description for the doll describes the drag queen figurine as ‘pretty, provocative, and magical’. Of course, bigger hair, eyelash extensions and we can only pray for a small waist.
While critics exclaim that there aren’t enough differences to dub this doll as a drag queen, LGBT groups are excited about the movement. With equal rights and tolerance being hot issues, Mattel will continue to find itself pushing the envelope and capitalizing off sales. Although this is not a huge step for Mattel, one can only wonder how the doll will push boundaries.