She just may be the world’s first Ethiopian Barbie. After searching the vast reaches of cyberspace we have determined that Barbie is a very “white privelege” toy. If you want a ethnic barbie you may find a caucasion features Barbie with some dark skin, or you can pay $300 for a designer Barbie that actually has ethnic features. There appears to be a few Barbies that have been released over time that actually have “black” hair, now try to actually find one at a department store. I guess in teh Barbie world everybody uses relaxers in their hair? To give them credit though, in the line of Barbie’s that we found this one there was a Ken with a fro. My awesome wife took this Beach Barbie with very straight hair and turned her into what you see before you now.
Actually we spent the first few minutes trying to decide if this Barbie was actually black, had a bad tan, or was supposed to be racially ambigous. But she was the blackest Barbie dall we could find at any department store so she was going to have to do.
It’s worth noting here that this is also the only Barbie in the beach line to have a tattoo. Luckily the tattoo is around her belly button so it doesn’t show in her transformation.
No, I can’t even braid my daughters hair and have it look good, she calls my hair styles her “daddy hair” normally when she has “daddy hair” she runs to mommy to get it fixed before anyone sees. But I did watch my wife braid the dolls head, it didn’t look any fun to me.
Now Barbie is really “Christie” here. And I discovered in looking for a photo of the original Barbie in the box that she is Barbie’s first black freind. It seems as if over the years she has had a lot of plastic surgury but this is the 2005 model, who knows what the future holds.
Her neckalce was the only peice of the outfit that I created, it’s a leather shoelace cut in half with a crimping bead for the silver peice. This signifies her as a good Orthodox Barbie, she’s been baptised and everything. Super glue is holding it together so hopefully it will last a while.
The dress is a cheesecloth like material, it’s very close to the actual cloth made in Ethiopia. I would post a picture of my wife in her Ethiopian dress but she has banned me from even using her name out here on what she call a nacisistic diary.
The bracelet is the same design as what we made for the kids and the necklaces that we wear. It has the beads with red – white – and blue, and the beads with red- yellow – and green. America and Ethiopia, two cultures that will be forever blended in our family.
She is also wearing traditional style silver anclets. I guess she is from an affluent family in Ethiopia.
We made the doll to send to Ethiopia for our daughter to play with, we don’t know when we will be able to send it as we have to wait on the next set of families to travel to the home to pick up their kids. Hopefully we will be in the next set but we don’t know.
We are looking to find a Barbie out there with a reasonable price tag with ethnic hair. Our daughter is going to have a family of fine straight haired people, the least we can do is give her some dolls that look like she does. Does anyone know of a Barbie knock off that they let they don’t use relaxers in the hair?
I know the humor factor in this post has been low, sorry about that. I had a really funny post with all of these pictures but my stupid computer lost the post so you are getting this one, it’s fast and dirty but it’s out here and you can see the labor of love my wife created for our new daughter.