Vintage Spotting: Thoughts on Vintage Barbies

Written by emilyc

Remember Barbies before they started to look like risqué pop stars circa 2003? I do – only because my mom saved hers from when she was a child and let me play with them (produce runway shows for them) when I was little. Now, I am a huge proponent of progressive mindsets when it comes to just about everything except, quite possibly, Barbie/Ken facial features.

Retro Barbie’s face says, “Ugh, I am so over evvverything, plus I obviously haven’t eaten in days, so how do you expect me to smile?” Retro Ken’s face says, “I am slightly intimidated by Retro Barbie’s beauty – I think I’d like to court her.”

It just seems like Current Barbie’s face says, “I’m suppressing all of my feelings with this non-stop smile!”  Current Ken’s face says, “Barbie, come to my frat party. Bring Teresa…and Skipper, too, if you want.”

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Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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