I would like to wear that, really. But I haven’t been to a drag queen party in awhile. By the way, Barbie is my age. Her birth year is 1959 and she’s had lots of work done! By the time I became Barbie conscious I was not given a drag queen Barbie. I got a Midge, a bendable leg one, which we in turn called “bittable leg” because in our high state of anxiety we chewed the legs up like so many pencil erasers. Here she is before she became a chew toy.
Somethings you might not know about Midge. She never cried when we bit her legs. You can curl her hair by sticking her in a 350 degree oven for about 10 seconds while your mother isn’t looking. Even though I am 6’1 inches tall, my legs aren’t as long as hers. I have been mistaken for a drag queen, but back to Midge. She turned to heroin later in life to keep her figure and forget about Barbie. I still identify with Midge, not because I like heroin but because I knew I wasn’t going to get to wear those kind of dresses and I actually knew some girls who did have “coming out parties” who weren’t drag queens. As I got older I discovered thrift shops and theatre so I wound up wearing the very same dresses even if I never wore the shoes. The shoes you say? Here are the shoes.
I wear a size 12, sometimes a 12.5 if I’m getting running shoes which need room for my orthotics. I don’t think orthotics were a Barbie accessory. No Barbie dentures or hearing aids either. I can’t complain because my mother took pride in making knock offs of all of Barbie’s stuff. My favorite was a wedding dress of damask complete with micro-mini seed pearls around the neck. I never got married but at least my Barbie did! Our neighbors had Barbie dream houses but our Barbie had a swimming pool. Here it is.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you may think that Barbie is evil. But you never know the excellent adventures that may come from owning one, many of them very subversive. Here is a photo of a boyfriend I have picked out for Midge. He is a doll from one of my favorite TV shows, (no not Doctor Who), but Firefly.
Before I leave you here is a site for people who would like to see more beautiful old Barbie pictures including the carrying cases.
And here is very informative piece on the Aryan origins of Barbie as well as some hilarious footage of the British version of GI Joe. Enjoy!