The Mayan calendar just might be right: Introducing Drag Queen Barbie
What’s the new business opportunity? Well, the flood gates are open now and every toy maker, game developer and collectable manufacture is going to be watching this very closely. Just be ready to pounce.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA: The doll, who really should have been modeled with the male Ken doll, features a side-swept hair style and an extremely short bejeweled mini corset dress that is laced up at the back.
She pairs the look with flashy accessories also’ a chunky silver cuff, a sparkling cocktail ring and silver metallic pumps that feature a lipstick pink sole.
Art imitates life: New York design duo Phillipe (left) and David Blond (right) are the team behind the doll
A full-length faux fox fur coat completes the dramatic look.
Barbie has also been given eyelash extensions, a must for any drag queen.
Phillipe himself sports similar long blonde hair to the doll, though his design partner David stressed that it is not a true representation of him.
Instead, the doll ‘may loosely be based on Phillipe and this character that he plays within our little Blond world,’ David said.
An official description for the doll describes the drag queen figurine as ‘pretty, provocative, and magical’.
It says: ‘Phillipe and David Blond believe that every woman should be glamorous every day.
It then talks about Barbie’s wardrobe picks.
‘Fun fashion and rock ‘n’ roll glam are the only rules for these gorgeous garments,’ it reads. ‘Our favourite blonde celebrates The Blonds, dressed for an amazing adventure.
‘The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie brings the most sparkly splendor of fashion.’
In 2009, The Blonds took part in Barbie’s 50th birthday fashion show, which no doubt helped to push the current partnership along.
Their designs often include sparkly corsets and have been spotted on the likes of Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.
Their fashion shows are also just as theatrical.
The brand is not stocked in stores as the team only sell their clothes to private clients but in collaborating with Barbie, David hopes the brand can finally push into the mainstream.
‘And that’s the direction we would like to produce,’ he said. ‘Things that are more accessible to more people. This is a step in the right direction.’