Barbie Loves MAC -- And We Do Too!

02/21/2007 at 03:30 PM ET

My four-year-old is totally perplexed about my relationship with Barbie. “Why don’t you like her, Mommy? Why?” “Well,” I answer, “Barbie doesn’t really do anything, except look good — and she dresses like a Valley Girl.” Enter the limited edition MAC Barbie. She not only has a profession — high-flying make up artist — she is cool. She looks state-of-the-art hip in her ethnic tunic, striped jeans, and thigh-high boots. I like that she totes around her make up case — very professional– and that her boobs, while undeniably there, are but a subtle feature. As these limited-edition Barbies have flown off the shelves, you’ll have to find your own on Ebay. I also love MAC’s first ever color collaboration with Mattel, a line of modern, bright eye shadows, blushes, liners and lipsticks. The aptly titled Barbie Loves MAC packaging features a pink silhouette of Barbie in her iconic ponytail. My daughter can play with the doll. I’ll happily play with the makeup. — Alison Singh Gee

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Shel on

I agree with the positive comments that have been made about Barbie. I also played with Barbie. She was one of my favorite toys. I have a healthy self-image. I have a Masters Degree and a career (which, by the way, Barbie does these days, too) – I teach college. I never wanted to look like Barbie or be her – I only wanted her wardrobe and her shoe collection! LOL! But in all seriousness, I like the comment made by the person who said they felt nostalgic when they saw the MAC campaign. I think that is what MAC was trying to accomplish – to draw the attention of women who grew up playing with Barbie. Like some of the others have already said to you “Barbie bashers”: lighten up! Not everything is about role models or eating disorders. Some of us simply had good, innocent fun playing with Barbie with our girlfriends back in the 70’s and 80’s….and have had no negative reprecussions or anorexia as a result!

you on

um. barbie isnt alive.

Joan on

I grew up playing with a few of the Barbies that my parents could afford for me. I NEVER even had the slightest idea about shaping my life, my self-esteem or my personal goals around this doll. It was just a fun toy…and people, if Barbie was an ugly doll, nobody would have bought it in the first place. I think the Barbie bashers are thinking too much!!! I am very fond of the multiple and interesting careers that Barbie has had over the years: Veterinarian, Doctor, Astronaut, Teacher, Pop Star…even a Politician!!! How can that be a bad role model? Today I have collector’s Barbie dolls and I still love them. I am also a successful Electrical Engineer who has also become a Professional Makeup Artist for models on my free time. And my husband is a successful Electrical Engineer as well. Good money, good careers, good life!!! Where do you see the bad influence? Nowhere!!! Now look at Paris Hilton’s excessive partying and sex scandals and Britney showing off her private parts on parties and tell me who is the bad influence. And for my fellow KC…girl, as a Makeup Artist I can tell you this: I am dark skinned too and it looks great on me! Just go to the MAC counter and have one of their Makeup Artists do the makeup on you using these colors. You’ll be surprised at how well they match every skin color. And if you still don’t like the makeup…well…I think you’ve already noticed that MAC has PLENTY of other colors to choose from!!!

Jamie on

In come the whiny feminists complaining about how oppressed everyone is due to the existence of a friggin’ toy.

I didn’t much care for Barbie.. and it certainly didn’t make me want to be a toothpick. But there’s nothing wrong with Barbie.. quit blaming everyone else for your own insecurities. It’s a toy – get over it.

I like this Mac line.. it’s very pretty. It would look horrible on me, but absolutely stunning on other people. I agree with the people above who note the nostalgia (you feel it whether you played with the dolls or not).. I definitely felt it too. I did a double take when I first saw the poster.

Amita on

I don’t think Barbie is a bad influence on young girls. I mean, compared to Bratz? Come on. It’s just a doll meant to play with. The commercials that I’ve seen of her when I was young, did not influence me to be a bad girl or to be annorexic (I spelt that wrong,didn’t I?)and pretty. I just wanted the doll to play with…that’s all. And besides, it enhances girls’ imagination. They become more creative and more imaginative. Plus, there are different kinds of Barbies of different nationalities and of different jobs and they’re not all the same. So that can teach young girls to accept differences I suppose.
When I was a young girl, I use to play wiht them all the time. I had so much fun with them that I started constructing things for them. For example a house made out of card board boxes and such.
I think that it doesn’t really matter of what kind of doll you give your daughters to play with because they’ll become attached to it anyways. At least most of the time…

So if you’re afraid that this doll will screw up your daughters life, I turned out fine and I’m not annorexic. In the end, its not the doll, I think…I think its about parenting and teaching your daughter the rigt stuff.

DON’T GIVE THEM BRATZ!!!!!!

youknowwho on

u people r so paranoied just deal with it itll never change

Stella on

umm.you guys. there is no difference between Barbie and Bratz dolls, you cant
seperate them and say they are different, they are the same genre, both dolls!! pple can claim that they have never been influenced by Barbie while growing up, but how do you know..it is all subconcious.not to mention, alot of you are probably white

andrea on

are you guys kidding me!?? I think its excellent that M.A.C came up with the Barbie line. I think what they wanted to accomplish was the pink and bright colors that are “barbie” colors. They arent discriminating against anyone, and a barbie with makeup on is not a “bad role model” its a DOLL so LIGHTEN UP.

Caitlin on

Barbie isn’t a bad role model. It’s ADULTS that want to look like her, not children. How many women owned a Barbie when they were a little girl? Almost all of them. And how many have turned into Barbie-Wannabe’s? About three. You do the maths?

Other than that, I wouldn’t wear it myself because I’d look stupid, but I think it looks lovely on the models. The blonde model is called Chelsea White. She went to the same upper school as I did – interesting, lol.

Caroline on

omg another stupid barbie ad.just stick with the doll and the playhouse and the clothes. we don’t need makeup for barbie or a car for barbie!

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