Growing up mixed race with dark hair, dark eyes and olive skin with a curvy tall stature, Barbie was the antithesis of me. I dreamed of being skinny with blonde hair and blue eyes.
I didn’t fit into any ‘norm’ from the dolls, books and toys around me to people on my street.
While I loved playing with Barbies and Polly Pockets, I was so happy to see a Pocahontas doll out, finally something that represented someone who looked more like me.
So when my own daughters started asking for Barbies, I was sceptical. The diversity was greater than when I was a child but still not realistic.
I then reluctantly bought and built my youngest a Barbie Dreamhouse last Christmas.
But even I couldn’t help but get lost in the frenzy of the new Barbie film especially after speaking to people in Yorkshire for an article I wrote: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/all-about-barbie-meet-the-yorkshire-barbies-as-the-region-gears-up-for-the-new-film-4227370
Here’s my full review: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/barbie-film-review-from-familiar-pink-so-called-perfection-to-mic-drop-moments-4232157
My mum friends and I loved the end mic-drop joke when it looks as if Barbie has gone from her world into real world clothes and has an interview for an office job, but as she walks into the office when the receptionist asks what she’s there for Barbie replies: “I’m here to see my gynaecologist.”
Pink, powerful, touching.
I’d give this film a 9/10