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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Barbie + Black History Month + Contest = You at Fashion Week!

As we previously noted, 2009 marks Barbie's Golden Anniversary and even at 50, this number one stunna still turns the heads of young (and not so young!) divas everywhere! Did you know that some of Barbie's most iconic incarnations have been African-American-influenced?The "Julia" Barbie, based on Diahann Carroll and her sitcom of the same name...Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Barbie based, of course, on the legendary dance company...Pepper Barbie, one of several created as part of a collection by renowned African-American designer Byron Lars. Like Marie Antoinette meets Pam Grier--all kinds of fierce...Diana Ross Barbie by Bob Mackie, for which Ms. Ross provided an actual face sculpt...And Hard Rock Cafe Barbie, who's screaming for a matching Lenny Kravitz Ken doll ;-).
Makes you want to start collecting them again, no?

Barbie's been influential in so many budding fashionistas's lives that it's no wonder designers lined up by the dozen when asked to offer their interpretations of this timeless fashion plate. Alexander Wang, Betsey Johnson, Tracy Reese, Catherine Malandrino, Baby Phat, Diane von Furstenburg, and Michael Kors are just *some* of the 50+ designers who will outfit Ms. B at her own special runway show in the tents at Bryant Park on Saturday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m. during New York Fashion Week...and you and a friend can be there to see it all, courtesy of our friends at American Express!AmEx will give two seats to Barbie's 50th Anniversary Runway Show to one lucky Fashion Bomb reader!
The first person to tell us Barbie's full real name wins the golden tickets. E-mail us at with your answers!
See you in the tents!
*Sorry but this contest is open only to Fashion Bombshells within commuting distance of NYC!
*We have a winner!*
Courtney from New Jersey is headed to the tents for guessing correctly that Barbie's real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts! Thanks to everyone who played!
*Thanks to Angelic Dreamz for the images!


Aliya said...
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Sugabelly said...

Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts

Anonymous said...

Barbara Millicent Roberts...aww Suga why you had to beat me to it? lol- Keli

Juvie said...

Barbara Millicent Roberts...awww :-(

Anonymous said...

Barbara Millicent Roberts aww man...


Keisha said...

It's Barbara Millicent Roberts

Anonymous said...

congrats to Courtney- we went to St. Ursula together :-)