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One of the joyful memories of my young life was collecting and playing with Barbie and her friends. I have been "waxing nostalgic" lately, and I thought, "Why not celebrate Barbie Day this year?" So, I am! I wore my Barbie Pink lipstick and a Barbie Pink hair ornament around my pony tail this morning when I went to the laundromat. There's nothing like a little glamour to brighten an otherwise mundane morning!
I believe that Barbie exemplifies "Angela Human" in many ways. She is radiantly healthy (if a bit on the thin side) and shares her joie de vivre with Christie, Francie, Midge, Skipper, Todd and Tutti, Stacy, Chelsea, and especially with her suitor, Kenneth Carson. You know she always behaves in a virtuous way, and have you ever seen the dream house in a dusty mess? Although she could improve on modesty, Barbie generally dresses and behaves in a feminine way. She explores a variety of careers, but I perceive that once she and Ken marry, she would become the most glamorous stay-at-home wife and mom in town!
Some have criticized Barbie for being too thin at 5'9" and 110 pounds, and for the average doll that would be accurate. However, Barbie originally was a teen fashion model; I, too, was a teen fashion model (albeit much less famous), and my weight at 5'7" was required not to exceed 108 pounds as the camera adds fifteen pounds to one's body. Barbie's waist measurement has been criticized, too, but it is well to remember that Barbie's figure closely matches that of Jayne Mansfield, who was considered at the time to have a gorgeous, voluptuous figure and who was an early enthusiast of healthy eating and exercise.
Happy Birthday, Barbie! May we both enjoy many happy returns of the day!