I love Barbie. I love Barbie just the way she is, proportionally impossible and all. Yep, that’s right. You read it correctly…*gasp*!!
Poor Barbie gets so so much flack from everyone that we forget to remember that Barbie is smart, Barbie is empowered, Barbie is stylish, AND Barbie is beautiful & sexy. That last one is so hard for our society to accept. I say, don’t worry about the alleged archaic values and skewed body image issues that Barbie is supposedly instilling in your daughters and instead worry about what you are instilling in your daughters.
My mother cherished her Barbies and luckily kept all of them and all their beautiful garments for me to play with. Cleaning out our attic, I opened the long-forgotten Barbie bin and my girlhood came back to me. Along with the waves of nostalgia came the surprise over how well-constructed and delightfully vintage these well-loved play things are. These clothes are glamorous, couture, and iconic. My hope is that my captions make Barbie come alive as someone not to be hated but to be heard.
Long days in the concrete jungle, steady stream of shorthand as a secretary, dreams of climbing that new ladder
Pie on the windowsill, his 5:30 ‘Hunny, I’m home!” echoes through the house, quick glance in the mirror and a swipe of lipstick
Heading back to the cozy lodge for a hot cider after a cold day on the slopes
Hopes of catching his eye with a new pink dress, in his arms on the dance floor, cheeks flushed, heart fluttering, is this love?
A cold Russian night at the train station and a dramatic goodbye to a foreign lover
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ alone in a dark theater, escape to Bergdorf’s on a rainy New York day, my pocketbook is empty, does the saleswoman know?
The summer neighborhood picnic, a stolen kiss inside the silent house, someone else’s husband
Real estate vixen, selling homes and breaking hearts, no settling down in sight
A night out on the town, “Where in the hell are my go-go boots?!”
Late-afternoon wedding at the courthouse, slanted sun; he lifts the veil, his hands shake, a tender kiss
I love the way these shots turned out, and I had so much fun striving to capture the mood of each one! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!<3
xoxo chloe ella