I grew up playing with Barbie dolls — I thought they were the most beautiful women I'd ever seen. But now that I'm an adult, I see why there's so much controversy surrounding her and how — when it comes to beauty and the idea of perfection — she could be viewed as a poor role model for young women.
According to Portfolio, Barbie may actually become obsolete. Mattel's first-quarter results came out yesterday and the Barbie brand has slid 12 percent in the US in the first quarter. Some of the suspected reasons for this decline is stiff competition and Barbie's absence on the Internet, especially when compared to other toys like Bratz and everything surrounding Hannah Montana. Whatever the reason, I have to ask you this: Would it really be all that bad if Barbie were to become obsolete?