Monday, September 16, 2019

Malaysia Day 2019

Happy Malaysia Day! 

Barbie has been many things – from a bathing beauty to an astronaut to even president.

And Mattel has just made public a version of the iconic doll that is inspired by Mexico’s traditional Day of the Dead celebration. 

The latest collectible is a Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Barbie (left) – to be sold for $75 (RM312.64) – and is based on the famous “Catrina” – a character drawn by cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada in 1912. 

Diego Rivera, a prominent Mexican painter whose frescoes helped establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art also immortalized the character in a mural completed in 1947. 

The Day of the Dead festival, celebrated in Mexico from October 31 to November 02, is believed to be when the gateway separating the living and the deceased opens, allowing people to pay their respects to those who have passed. 

Barbie has always been known for her excellent fashion sense, and she’s dressed for this occasion wearing a black, ruffled dress embroidered with monarch butterflies, as well as yellow and red marigolds. 

This particular Barbie's face is painted as a traditional Day of the Dead skull mask and she's decked out with a headpiece featuring marigolds and more monarchs. 

“That the tradition is recognized with this doll, the best known in the world, is something that makes me proud”, Mexican toy collector Jaqueline Vidal told AFP in Mexico City, where the collectible doll was officially unveiled on Thursday. 

The limited-edition doll has nevertheless invited controversy by some who consider it “cultural appropriation” – using a time-honored tradition to make money. 

I agree because nobody would believe Barbie celebrates Day of the Dead! 

But Mattel fared a lot better with the Barbie doll of Rosa Parks (right) – the legendary US civil rights activist. 

The doll released on August 26, is part of Mattel’s Inspiring Women series depicting female role models and heroines of their time. 

Rosa Parks on December 01, 1955 had refused an order to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus – and her act of defiance became the catalyst for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. 

‘Rosa Parks’ quiet strength played a notable role in the civil rights movement, but it would still take another nine years and more struggles before the 1964 Civil Rights Act overruled existing segregation laws. 

Anyway, the above is all about continuing to make Barbie relevant. And of course, raking up profits in the process.

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