Barbie has in itself become an iconic image ever since she first launched in the 1959. 1990 in fact, saw the release of the best selling barbie doll. She was created with her signature cascading long platinum blonde hair, white skin, long slender legs and of course that teeny tiny vanishing waist that has since become synonymous with the doll brand.
However, jump forward 16 years and Barbie’s best selling doll is very different. 2016 saw the release of the popular fashionista doll which was not only was Latina, but with a much curvier figure and was brunette, as supposed to the white blonde legacy that had preceded her. However, as successful as her sales were she was a one off doll with a limited release.
In spite of this, over the past 2 years sales at Mattel (the manufacturers of Barbie) have been declining, with consumers pushing for diversity within the range, moving away from the stereotypical image that has since become the brands identity.
Vice President Lisa Mcknght established that ‘the brand was losing relevance’ and had to ‘change the conversation’ to keep with with the customers changing viewpoints. Subsequently, they revamped the fashionista line to include a range of skin tones, hair colours and introduced ‘flat feet’ instead of the constantly contorted feet which allowed barbie to always wear high heeled shoes. This change of brand worked, as 2016 became the first in several years that the sales of Barbie did not suffer a decline.
Mattel had since made a very conscious effort to change its image and is contributing to do so. 2017 will see the release of a bigger range including a tall African American doll with an Afro, as well as a red headed petite girl and a blue haired doll. Additionally their will be 10 skin tones, 4 body types and 15 various hairstyles to ensure their dolls diversity reflects that of women in real life.
So its clear to see that Barbie is changing. No longer will the public be confronted by an impossible standard of the female form but instead with more realistic images, that truly represent the diversity of women and their bodies. The next few years will be interesting!
VinylOctopus’ January playlist is now up on Spotify!
We’ve hand selected 10 of our favourite songs right now. Some old, some new, but all great songs!
Come check out our January playlist now!
Simple search ‘VinylOctopus – January’ or click the link below…
Yoga has for a long time been seen as being for women. This is only further backed when we take a look at mainstream media, in magazine and tv advertisements depicting woman practicing in beautiful elegant and often ‘feminine’ poses. However, LA based photographer Amy Goalen also saw this and thought it was time for a change.
She began by simply photographing her own yoga instructor, who was male. From this she realised the images exuded strength and a peaceful element. Subsequently, with the aid of writer Julian DeVoe they created the book ‘Inside the Warrior – The Masculine side of Yoga’.
Throughout this project, she explains how she enjoys photographing men of all ages and body types. And one of the most rewarding aspects is the ability to produce stunning images, that even the subjects are surprised at, by only using their body and practice.
Her images are beautiful, showing a powerful yet serene side of the masculine form that is not often seen in mainstream media.
Take a further look at her work @amygpics
Let us know what you think…
Welcome to day nine of our ten day feature – Everyone has a Story.
Our ninth entry come from Berlin based Florian. Here’s his story…
- Firstly, how old are you and what do you do for a living?
I’m 35 years old and I’m a nurse, leading a psychiatric ward.
- Please can you give us a brief background about your life?
I was born in a little village in the south of Germany, on the border to France and Luxembourg.
I actually didn’t have a view really when growing up, just because no one in my circle of family or friends were gay, so it was just never bought up.
- When did you realize you were gay?
When I was 12 or 13 I realized I liked men but for a while I thought, maybe I’m bisexual.
- When and how did you come out?
I came out when I was 25, I had a few girlfriends before then, but I wasn’t practically happy. I always thought, if I fell in love with a guy, I would come out. And I did.
- Have you ever experienced any discrimination due to your sexuality?
Never at work or with friends and family. But I have with just random people on the street, I’ve been holding a guy’s hand and been called a faggot before.
- If you could give your younger self, or anyone else currently struggling with their sexuality what (if any) advice could you give them?
Be whatever and whoever you are, the people that are around you love you, and they love you no matter what. Because ultimately, only being yourself will make you happy.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Florian for his help with this project and for his frank honesty.
If you’d like to keep up to date with Florian, follow him on Instagram @fkfbrln
Recently, a pair of my friends went to see the one and only, Justin Bieber in Manchester, paying an unreasonable (in my opinion) amount for a standing place (yes, it was still even more money for a seat). However, the day after I got a message saying he was great, but he’d stormed off stage. After a little more digging it became apparent that Mr Bieber had thrown his mic to the ground and stormed off stage mid concert because he was sick and tired of the screaming.
To be completely honest, this didn’t come as a surprise to me, with all of Bieber’s antics to date so far. However, it lead us to think; should we respect the artist’s wishes by doing as they request at their concerts?
The man himself, did in fact return to stage after about ten minutes to cool down, however, he assured the audience that he would not talk between songs as Manchester clearly couldn’t handle it.
Now, I personally see both sides of this. On one side I can understand how the constant screaming could become incredibly frustrating (or as Justin himself described it ‘obnoxious’) if you’re on stage trying to get a message across. However, another half of me thinks stop being a spoilt brat (as blunt as that may be). People have paid a large sum of money to attend your concert and they’re the ones who have got you to where you are today. Additionally, if you don’t want that kind of atmosphere don’t play in those kind of venues with that many people.
Now I also understand that it is not as black and white as this, Justin is continuing to have trouble adjusting to his life in the spotlight. However, professionalism and being respected for what you do can take you a long way in show business, and it’s always good to remember that.
What do you all think about the issue?
Do you think sympathise with Justin?
Let us know….
Stop the press! There is now a way in which we can get drunk without suffering from a god awful hangover! Now, we’ve all been there. Had a great night, drunk copious amounts, got a pizza on the way back…only to wake up the next day and feel like a piece of toast!
Be it either,wrapping up in your duvet like a burrito to try and somehow numb that banging headache or hanging over be toilet bowl wondering if there is actually anything left inside you – either way, we’ve all been there!
However, now there is the Vapor Sphere! A zero calorie vape, that when inhaled makes you drunk, whilst claiming to be hangover free! (Sounds to good to be true, right?!)
All you have to do is pour alcohol into the sphere, it them turns the liquid in to a vapour which can then be inhaled. This then, bypasses the stomach and immediately diffuses into your blood stream. To top it off, as it’s a vapour there none of those sugars which means it’s zero calories!
If you’d like to know more, check out the video below: (and execute the American informercial vibe)
What do you think?
Would you get drunk on vapour rather than a liquid?
Over the past five years or so, there seems to have been a boom in gluten-free products on our shelves. No I understand that for many people this can truly be a blessing, allowing them to eat foods and drink products that otherwise they would not be able to access. However although there are many of these genuine cases, there appears to be a huge trend or craze to cut gluten out of your diet, currently partaken by a staggering number of people.
Personally I’ve never really seen it to be a huge issue until I saw the introduction of the ‘Nima Sensor’.
This requires the user to take a small sample of the food (they are about to eat) and place it into the device. Once this has been done they then wait 2 – 3 minutes; if a smiling face is the picture on the display and the food is free from gluten. However, if a frowning face appears in the food contains gluten.
Now, like I said previously, I completely understand if a coeliac was using this, however I’m fully aware that it is not just being used by them.
Have a look at the product below by clicking the link…
Do you think it’s over the top and truly needed by a non celiac?
Let us know your views…