Come on Barbie lets go party…

Inventory number: 2000-531 Date: 08/08/03 Photographer: Claire Richardson Copyright: Science Museum

1950s Lilli doll

831752e88585946cd75e30e8e7c84f4dI’m reading a book just now called ‘Pop Porn’ which is a series of essays that consider the influence of pornography on American culture.  I’ve only just started it, but had to share this little tit bit.  For one interviewee in the book she suggested that the ‘shaved vulva’ reminded her of a Barbie doll, you know, the Barbie doll that lots of young girls play with enacting being a grown up women.   Apparently the prototype Barbie was based on a 1950s  saucy, naughty high end call girl named Lilli, marketed in Germany especially for men… eek.   First created as a comic-strip character in the Hamburg newspaper Bild-Zeitung, the Bild Lilli doll became so popular that she was immortalized in plastic — and sold as an adult novelty toy.   The co-founder of Mattel in a Time Magazine article is cited as saying, “every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future, if she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that had a flat chest. So I gave it beautiful breasts.”  But apparently pubes was a stretch too far..



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