Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Princess for a Day or Living Doll???

I could not resist it. Not long ago there was an advertisement on the American School notice board asking for girls to pose in Barbie dresses for a catalogue. Payment in kind...in dresses! I figured it is every girls dream. It was mine when I was her age.

Barbie Princess for a Day
Madagascar has a relatively well developed textile sector, and some big French brands have factories here. One such factory manufactures high quality, branded children's dress up costumes for Carnival, Halloween or just for fun. The creme de la creme is a Pink Barbie Dress with lots and lots of sparkles and a hoop skirt. After a casting session Soleine was selected and today was the big day. A little bit of make up, hair in curls, pretty slippers and she was ready to be Barbie princess for a day.

No-hair-extensions pledge
It was fun but I could not help thinking of that movie Living Dolls, showing the lengths to which some parents will go to ensure that children win these horrific beauty pageant. So I hereby pledge: I WILL NEVER SUBJECT MY DAUGHTER TO HEAVY MAKE UP, FAKE TEETH OR TANS, HAIR EXTENSTIONS, SHAVED LEGS OR PLASTIC SURGERY ! - yes it happens at the age of seven)....
until she's twelve and probably will want all those herself ... ;-)

A little touch of Make Up

Hair in the Curl

Et voila, Barbie princess for a day

To see the end results you will have to go to the toy store some time later this year.


  1. MEF (Media Education Foundation) did this documentary/interview in 2000 but it's still worth watching/reading "What a girl wants" for all parents of teen girls:
    http://youtu.be/rFyxogYnv9w (video)
    http://www.mediaed.org/assets/products/214/transcript_214.pdf (full transcript)
    http://www.mediaed.org/assets/products/214/studyguide_214.pdf (study guide)
    Now, more and more teen girls in California wanna have plastic surgery, breast enhancement (boob job) to boost self-esteem

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