Barbie: good or evil? Free-thinking, empowered career girl, or the cause of damaged self-esteems and unreal physiological expectations? Opinions vary widely, but everyone’s got one!
Tanya Lee Stone starts with Barbie’s roots in 1959, when hard-working, no-nonsense, entrepreneurial Ruth Handler (who was a childhood tomboy) created Barbie, the first American doll with an adult figure and attitude. Through the years, Barbie became one of the most controversial figures of the century.
Stone includes advertisements, photographs, quotations and interviews that span Barbie’s lifetime.