Friday, April 12, 2013

Barbies from all over the world!~

I have a soft spot for all things lovely, and one of these that made it to the top of the list are Barbie Dolls (c)

i love love love how perfect each doll look and when i was younger, i had to beg my Dad & Mum to let me buy new dresses for the Barbies...

By the age of 10 i beg my Grandmother to buy me a sewing machine ( she REALLY did get me a toy sewing maching that operates on battery.... UNFORTUNATELY i step onto a needle that was stuck in the carpet of our old house while i was playing the sewing machine & it peirce throught into my foot. thus ending my interest for sewing till years later)  so i would cut up my PJ into small pieces of cloth & sew them into dresses for my Barbies.   My grandmother fully supported our interest in sewing because as far as i remember, she had a chest full of fabric for all the female cousins whenever we step foot into her house for the weekend.

With that being said, you can expect my excitement when i came upon a article showing all the edition of Barbies all over the world in 2013, this has been ongoing since a long way back. Revision has been made periodically to better relate to the tradition/fashion in each country, see for yourself. :)

Mexico Barbie, 2012
I read that this was not authentic and has been receiving criticism for its lack of relation to the real Mexico, the hair on the Barbie should be weaved like the ones they use to make below 

Mexico Barbie, 1989 and 1996
The first edition Mexico Barbie (left), released in 1989, is far more authentic looking, with a colorfully embroidered blouse, a woven ribbon belt, and a lace mantilla -- a nod to the country's Spanish-influenced culture. The second-edition version, which came out in 1996, had ribbons woven into the dolls braids and a clothes in the colors of the Mexican flag.

i guess i could comment here that the barbie in 2013 looks much much prettier than the one in 1989, the eyebrows looks a little scarce & the eyes a little too dopey... 1996 version looks less Glamorous & real, i would choose these over the "extremely sassy looking 2013 version"

Chile Barbie
do they even dress like that? isnt this too masculine in comparison to the other feminine barbies? i can understand that they are trying hard to match up to the tradition, but this?!

Argentina Barbie
Very fanciful, i would really like to see everyone dress like that if i ever get to visit Argentina, they even had a shawl placed over the shoulder couple with the satin blue dress & its frilly tress at the bottom of the dress
China Barbie
i hope i am not prejudice here but this might be the prettiest version of Barbie ever to date!!!! the poofy hair & its sharp feature coupled with the dress looks very elegant.... Unfortunately for you and & me, asian common feature does NOT comes with a sharp brow bones thus making the eyes (even with any depth of eyeshadow ) looks flatter & less smokey eye, unlike the perfect feature on Barbie. 

But thumbs up for the hair, its soooo sleeky i am tempted to dye my hair jet black again... Afterall, it would be the only color that does not grows out of your root making it look as if you are trying too hard for a ombre tresses. 
Holland Barbie
i dont like how the Barbie looks too perfectionalized here, the posture, the perfectly pleated & finest shades of gold hair, seriously?!   The skirt is also too flair to look like  you can see it in the real world, also, try imagining the skirt a tad bit shorter and it shall remind you more of a cheerleader than holland.
Australia Barbie, 2012 and 1993
Another version of Barbie that i fell in love with, i can relate to the whole ensemble of the 2012 look because this would be the get up anyone would wear trying to visit the wildlife there i Australia. To make it even more realistic, here i can tell you that the getup -
Cowboy hat - easily attainable at F21
puffy sleeve khaki blouse - i am sure a a peplum blouse from G2000 will look the same with some enhance sewing :)
Pencil skirt with middle slit - this is too easy, Zara, F21, if all else fail, look on at Warehouse, Dorothy Perkin
Boots - Definitely Hunter Boots FTW

Philippines Barbie
Another proud moments, the first Pacific asia Barbie to be made and added to the collection, even the lip appear to be downsize to look like a dainty Phillippino, *applaud*
India Barbie and Hawaii Barbie
Big fat jealousy over the the machiam-jasmine-in-aladdin perfect poof hair complete with the Sari in yellow. Not so much commment on the Hawaii Barbie except double-likes for the weaved hair complete with a flower.

This 2 barbies receive some critics over its overly-traditional costume that people no longer wear, but i beg to differ.  i am pretty sure i still see very attractive Indian in Singapore dress up to the Nine on Deepavali & man, they look gorgeous!

France Barbie
i REALLY REALLY adore this Barbie & took more than a minute studying each & every details on the getup. Does anyone too, find the black mole below the eye super-duper-attractive.... 

i use to secretly draw dot below my eye to achieve the same look, but this Barbie, it too pretty, too pretty & the getup makes me want to buy the full complete look & donn them on to walk down Paris if i shall ever return. 
Spain Barbie
Erm, very little to talk about this outfit here, a little impossible for anyone to imagine donning a polka dotted dress with added puffy tutu lace (especially not at the sleeve) . Almost impossible to pull the hair so neatly into a perfect bun to place a crown  to head the street and DEFINTELY not going to comment on the almost-look-like-they-weight-a-ton earrings... 

Did you notice the shoes?!!!!!!!!!!!


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