Title: Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy
Author: Robin Gerber
Publisher: Epic Ink
Publish Date: September 30, 2019
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Barbie Forever: Her
Inspiration, History, and Legacy presents a detailed, full-color
portrait of this beloved doll through all-new interviews, original
sketches, vintage photos, advertisements, a foldout timeline, and much
more. Explore how the doll came to be, what it takes to create one of
her many looks, and how her legacy continues to influence the world.
her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting
major moments in art, fashion, and culture. She has been an interpreter
of taste and style in every historic period she has lived through and
has reflected female empowerment through the more than 200 careers she
has embodied. Today, an international icon, Barbie continues to spark
imaginations and influence conversations around the world.
Barbie Forever is a vibrant celebration for the "Barbie Girl" in all of us."
My Two Cents:
"Barbie Forever" is a positive look back at one of the most iconic toys around: Barbie. Starting from her beginning in the middle of the 20th century, Barbie has been the both the subject of praise and scrutiny. I was definitely a Barbie girl (in a Barbie world) growing up and so this toy has a very special place in my heart and I was interested to get a better look at the history through this book!
As I mentioned before, this is a very positive look back at Barbie's origins and her history. The toy faced much scrutiny for offering unrealistic body types and sometimes problematic story lines. This book doesn't really mention that and focuses on the highlights of Barbie's history. And to Mattel's credit (Mattel is Barbie's manufacturer), the brand has made great strides recently in being more inclusive and honoring the diversity of the real world (it's never too late). I appreciated seeing how the brand had changed throughout time. Barbie goes from being a fashion doll to show off pretty clothes to something more like what she was for me growing up: a tool for my imagination. The book captures that magic!
The book is also beautiful! It has a ton of full color pictures that celebrate both where Barbie has been and where she could potentially be going. This was such a great walk down memory lane for me. My sisters and I had an EPIC collection of Barbies that we loved to play with and we definitely had so many of the Barbies that appeared in the book.
With the holidays being just around the corner, this book would be a perfect gift for those that grew up with Barbie like I did!