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Friday, February 06, 2009

Real-Life Barbie: Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks parlayed her modeling career into acting and then to her own empire. She is obviously more than beautiful; she's also brilliant.

Talk show host and host of a successful reality show, Ms. Banks is definitely making bank and trying help people, especially young girls in the process.

I recall her striking resemblence to fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell when noticing her in Essence magazine; she was still a teenager and she's not looked back.

Did you see her in the early Lindsay Lohan movie, Life-Size? She played a Barbie-like doll, Eve, accidentally brought to life as Lohan's character tries to bring her recently deceased mom back-to-life. It's a rather charming movie with good performances by all of the lead actors.

There is likely more in store for Tyra Banks. She has created her own empire rather than waiting for opportunities to come to her. Take note, my sisters!

© 2009, Don’t Just Play Barbie…Be Barbie!,

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Josephine Baker Doll by Integrity Toys

Jason Wu and Integrity Toys have released The Josephine Baker Doll and Fashion as a part of its Hollywood Royalty Collection. Ms. Baker is deserving of such recognition by having dolls molded in her honor.

She was a trailblazer in many fields. Though aspects of her life were tragic, she demonstrated the power of a determined female to accomplish her goals in spite of adversity.

The Official Josephine Baker Website

© 2009, Don’t Just Play Barbie…Be Barbie!,

Monday, February 02, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds Barbie

Mattel produced this The Birds Barbie doll based on the Alfred Hitchcock classic movie, The Birds. I really want to buy this doll for a couple of reasons: first of all, I’m a big Hitchcock fan and secondly, I really like the outfit worn by Tippi Hedren’s character, Melanie Daniels. I’m trying to not to spend frivolously but if those birds can be removed from the doll's outfit, I might give it a try.

Here is a photo of the famous scene of Hedren and the children running from the school. This movie was Tippi Hedren’s break out role. She owes her movie career to Hitchcock who spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the starring role. She’s also the mother of actress Melanie Griffith; could she have been named her after her mom's character in this movie or is that just a coincidence?

Anyhoo, back in the day when there was only had one television in our household, my mom sort of got me hooked on Alfred Hitchcock. She still loves suspense movies today. The Birds, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window are just a few of my favorite movies that he directed. Of course, watching “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” was, and still is, a regular occurrence as it is in re-runs on the Chiller TV channel.

© 2009, Don’t Just Play Barbie…Be Barbie!,

NOTE: I do not represent all of these photos as my own; these are photos of Barbie and other dolls that I find to be fabulous! If you are the actual photographer and would like to be credited, send me an e-mail.