Earlier this year, Mattel invited Barbie fans to vote for Barbie’s next career (how did we miss this?). The choices were architect, surgeon, environmentalist, news anchor, and computer engineer. News Anchor Barbie won the girls’ vote but voting for Computer Engineer Barbie became viral amongst female engineers and other women in the tech industry. So much so, that the unofficial popular vote actually exceeded the official vote. Mattel couldn’t resist but to reward Barbie with a 126th career choice as well. (Thanks to Chip Chick for the intel.) Et voila:
According to a press release issued by the Society of Women Engineers:
“Girls who discover their futures through Barbie will learn that they – just like engineers – are free to explore infi nite possibilities, and that their dreams can go as far as their imaginations take them,” said Nora Lin, President, Society of Women Engineers. “As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls that women can design products that have an important and positive impact on people’s everyday lives, such as inventing a technology to conserve home energy or programming a newborn monitoring device.”
To ensure the doll accurately refl ects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk.
Gotta love it.
Personally, I’m more interested in the series of limited-edition Barbies that Christian Louboutin is designing for Net-a-Porter.com. Louboutin’s first, Cat Burglar Barbie, sold out on the first day it was available back in December. Now back in stock, she has been joined by Dolly Forever Barbie.
Dolly Forever Barbie comes dressed in a khaki mini dress, sunglasses, gold extras and Forever Tina fringed boots. She also comes with a collection of four pairs of red-soled Louboutins, each with their own shoe box and bag. According to Net-a-Porter.com, “she is the perfect gift for fashion lovers.” I’ll say. My birthday’s coming up soon. Hint, hint, hint. Truthfully, I’d rather have her shoes – in the correct size please. Seriously – couldn’t you see me in those?
Incidentally, while I was trawling Google for Barbie images I ran across Alfred Hitchcock The Birds Barbie. My sense of humor is just twisted enough to find this doll hilarious. She looks a little bit like Tippi Hedren and those birds are fierce (figuratively and literally). The Birds Barbie is available on Amazon.comand at the Barbie Collector website. I think I want her.
In a bit of Birds trivia, apparently Naomi Watts is set to star in a remake of the 1963 original. Tippi Hedren thinks that is for the birds:
“To take a work of art like that and try to copy it is like trying to imitate the Mona Lisa,” the Daily Express quoted Hedren as saying.
“I think Hitch would call them tiny tots trying to make movies and ask why they don’t have an original thought in their heads,” she added. (ANI)
Barbie Collector has some really cool Barbies actually, like a mystical series of Barbie as goddesses like Athena and Aphrodite and a series of Alice in Wonderland Barbies. I’m staring to have visions of Barbie boxes lining a bookshelf in my bedroom. Please stop me.