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Glamorous New Barbie is Not a ‘Drag Queen,’ According to Mattel

Glamorous New Barbie is Not a ‘Drag Queen,’ According to Mattel

The new Blond Diamond Barbie has caused quite a stir in recent weeks. Due to her over-the-top sparkling dress, big blond hair and dramatic smoky makeup, many people have grown fond of calling her ‘Drag Queen Barbie‘. Mattel prefers to disagree with this take on the newest version of Barbie, due for release at the end of the year for all of $125, the New York Daily News notes.

A Mattel spokesperson is quoted in the Daily Mail on the topic:

The Blond Diamond Barbie Collector doll celebrates the glamorous fashions created by the designing pair David and Phillipe Blond… This collector doll has a classic Barbie face sculpt with dramatic makeup and sweeping blond hair to top off a stunning silvery mini corset dress of countless sculpted faux gems and a full length faux fur.

The doll was designed by Phillipe and David Blond, the fashion designers behind The Blonds fashion line in New York. They say they designed the Barbie as an icon of provocative glamor. Many people made a connection between co-designer Phillipe Blond’s feminine, glitzy, blond style and the style of Blond Diamond Barbie. She sports luxurious cascading blond hair, bedazzled pumps, and a silver corset dress that many have noted are reminiscent of Phillipe’s aesthetic taste.

The Daily Beast describes how the collaboration between the Blonds and Mattel developed:

The Blonds and Mattel never intended for the new Barbie to be a drag queen. The partnership between the Blondsóbest known for designs worn by the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, and Lady Gagaóand the toy manufacturer began when the partners were among the 50 designers to create a look for the 50th anniversary Barbie Runway Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2009. The collaboration went so well that Mattel commissioned Phillipe and David to design a new collectorís Barbie this year.

Whether or not Mattel stands behind the unofficial nickname of ‘Drag Queen Barbie’, supporters have suggested that the Barbie and the celebration of the designer are both positive messages. Author Tanya Lee told the Daily Beast, “Designed by someone living his life his own way, this Barbie will be seen by some as a celebration and others may be offended.”

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6:52AM PST on Jan 29, 2013

a "doll" for girls, with a fur coat and designed by fashion designers?

Wrong on so many levels.

12:42PM PDT on Sep 5, 2012

Who cares if she is?

10:22AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Why not Drag Queen Barbie?
The best Barbie look-alike's that i've seen in real life, have been drag queens!
You GO girls!

10:13AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Barbie should of been banned years ago!

5:46PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

When is barbie going to get acne and cellulite??

4:31PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

I can't wait for Gangsta Barbie and Crack Ho Barbie...

with Shiftless Ken and their attack Pomerian Crank

7:20AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

A drag queen???

10:46AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

As far as I'm concerned, there should never be another Barbie Doll issued. Mattel has pushed this travesty on little girls for too long.

9:01PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Whew!! I'm glad we got that decided and over with. I've been so {kidding, of course} worried about this!! I can get some sleep now. Thx for the article.

7:12PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

How about 'realistic' Barbie next?

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