May 28, 2011
This teen fashion model hit the scene march 9, 1959. Wearing nothing but a black and white zebra striped bathing suit, black opened toe shoes, and gold earring. She had blonde hair, red painted lips, full breast, small waist, and long slender legs. And every young girl white or black had to have her and wanted to be her. Barbie was the got to have doll in 1959 till this day worldwide. During my youth my sister and I wanted her too. For Christmas, birthdays and every time we saw a new commercial for her.
While during some research about Barbie, I came across the first Barbie commercial. While watching the commercial I’ve notice a woman singing a song in the background.
“Barbie you're beautiful
You make me feel
My Barbie doll is really real
Barbie's small and so petite,
Her clothes and figure look so neat
Her dancing outfits ring some bells
At parties she will cast a spell
Purses, hats, and gloves galore
And all the gadgets gals adore.
Someday, I'm going to be
Exactly like you
Till then I know just what I'll do...
Barbie, beautiful Barbie
I'll make believe that I am you.”
My attention zoomed in on the lyrics “Her clothes and figure look so neat” and then a siren went off in my mind when I heard “Someday, I'm going to be exactly like you”. I was unaware that Barbie had a song and very disturb about the lyrics I’ve heard. The lyrics were very disturbing to me because the children listening to this was being subjected to the media’s standards of the way a woman suppose to look physically.
Barbie’s main source of advertisement was through the media (television). According to psychologist Albert Bandura “"Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed,