A David Bowie Barbie: Mattel Unveils Ziggy Stardust Doll

On Thursday, the world realized that Barbie is a Bowie fan.

With its launch of a doll dressed as David Bowie’s glittering alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Mattel stated it was celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Space Oddity,” launched in 1969.

The new Barbie doll wears a body-hugging metallic “spacesuit,” calf-high crimson platform boots and silver earrings with dangling stars. Her darkish crimson hair is slicked again like Ziggy Stardust’s, and daubed on her brow is the golden circle he wore. Her nails are painted black.

It’s a notably androgynous search for a doll that epitomized the stereotypes of female look in its earlier iterations. In newer years, nevertheless, male movie star depictions haven’t simply been reserved for Ken. Over the previous decade, Barbie has dressed like Andy Warhol, Elvis and Frank Sinatra.

Bowie was identified for his gender-bending type and sexual fluidity, and Ziggy Stardust was one of the crucial memorable experiments. He debuted the persona in 1972 with the album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”

The creator Christopher Sandford wrote in his 1998 biography, Bowie: Loving the Alien, that the alter ego was extra than simply enjoying dress-up. During an interview in 1972, Bowie requested American critics to name him Ziggy, and ultimately he admitted that the character was taking up his persona.

Bowie, who died on the age of 69 in 2016, has described Ziggy as a rock star who communicates with aliens within the face of a coming apocalypse on Earth. Ziggy’s final public look was at a live performance in 1973, which was filmed and launched as a documentary years later.

David Bowie performs in 1973 in his Ziggy Stardust persona. This outfit was imitated in a brand new Barbie doll by Mattel.CreditMichael Putland/Getty Images

Through his varied levels of stardom, Bowie grew to become a trend icon whose kinds discovered their manner onto the runway. One traditional side of Bowie’s aptitude was his sharp-shouldered shirts. Barbie’s personal high options sleeves that jut off her shoulders, resembling silver armor.

The typical Barbie is aimed toward younger kids, however this doll — which prices $50 — is marketed for adults. Children rising up in 2019 is probably not more likely to be Bowie followers, and adults usually are not your typical doll prospects, however on social media, some toyed with the thought of creating the Ziggy doll their first Barbie.

The first Barbie was launched in 1959, and since then, she has persistently sowed controversy. Back within the 1950s, critics frightened that she was too shapely. Later on, Barbie grew to become the topic of criticism for educating women unrealistic magnificence requirements and failing to signify folks of colour.

In the six many years of the doll’s existence, there was a cascade of Barbies representing completely different races, occupations, physique shapes and popular culture phenomena. There is a Barbie who’s a robotics engineer, an astronaut, a pilot and a politician. There’s a Barbie depicting Frida Kahlo; Katherine Johnson, the mathematician portrayed within the movie “Hidden Figures;” and Ibtihaj Muhammad, the primary American athlete to compete within the Olympics in a hijab.

One would possibly anticipate that the Ziggy doll is the primary Barbie with alien connections, nevertheless it’s not. In 2012, Mattel launched the primary “Empress of the Aliens” doll, who wears metallic armor and a skirt of “reptilian textures.”)

More protection on David Bowie and his legacyThe Bowie You’ve Never SeenFeb. 27, 2018David Bowie’s Fashion LegacyJan. 12, 2016Was He Gay, Bisexual or Bowie? YesJan. 13, 2016Barbie Adds Curvy and Tall to Body ShapesJan. 28, 2016

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