Barbie Girl

I saw this jewelry made out of Barbie pieces at Margaux Lange’s Etsy shop (via Craft Magazine). Although I think the jewelry is very creative – if not a tad creepy – the image that really caught my eye was this one.

It totally reminds me of one of my favorite childhood dolls – Quick Curl Barbie!

See how lovely Quick Curl Barbie looks in this photo? Her hairdos came from the thin wires that were mixed throughout her hair that would bend around the plastic “curling wand” she came with and hold a nice curl.  The hair was difficult to comb back out though – I do remember that downfall of the doll, but most importantly I learned that Quick Curl Barbie really shouldn’t be submerged in bath water. Her wiry hair exploded out into a wild mass of tangled wires and synthenic hair, never to be combed or curled again. From there on out she became “Medusa Barbie.” Remember when Barbie did that line of Mythical dolls? Medusa, Pandora, Medea and the rest?  Not ringing a bell for you? Well then, maybe you’ll remember this instead, it came out the same year that Quick Curl Barbie did:

Seriously, when I was in 7th grade our gym teacher/coach had a sports coat JUST LIKE THAT! He just wished he had Ken’s groovy Waren Beatty hair do. Down the side of this ad you’ll see that Ken came with a number of groovy looks. Top is “Porn Star Ken,” middle is “Satanic Majesty Ken,” and bottom is scariest of all, “Burt Reynolds Ken.”

One more reason I hate the 70s.


  1. Sandra on November 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Awww, don’t hate. The 70’s were about groovy love! How can you hate this?

  2. B-Movie Star on November 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Ha! That’s great – but I think the pants he’s wearing look a little 80’s to me. . . didn’t they come with the MC Hammer doll?