Like many other little girls, I loved Barbie. Okay… I did hate that she was always loosing her shoes, after all how is any fashion forward girl supposed to accessorize with out a matching pair of shoes. I could spend hours dressing up Barbie and styling her hair. She would even speed around in a remote control Barbie corvette, that included a mobile phone! I had no idea she was a bad influence. No, I am not referring to her tiny waist or large plastic breasts. I am not going to blame Barbie for eating disorders, or the Barbie Corvette for all of my photo radar tickets. I am talking about the tanning habits of Malibu Barbie. I didn’t have one myself, but I remember another little girl had the ” Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie”. The iconic 70’s Barbie came with tanning lotion, sun glasses and a towel. I was so impressed with the way her skin would tan in the sun. Her color would actuually get darker when she was placed under light and the color would gradually fade in a few days. Malibu Barbie actually had the ability to achieve tan lines. Lucky for Barbie she is made of plastic, so she doesn’t have the ability to develop skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, or skin laxity. Barbie wasn’t alone, she had a full entourage of tanorexic Malibu friends. Ken, P.J., Skipper, Francie and Christie were all sun lovers too.
I guess I will let Barbie off the hook, I don’t think she knew any better back then. I just hope that Mattel will be a little more mindful in the future. Come to think of it, my Barbie Corvette didn’t have seat belts or airbags either and I am pretty sure Barbie got her license from a Cracker Jack box.