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What Inspired You to Paint Barbie?

Judy Ragagli

  Why do you paint Barbie?I wanted to create an oil painting of Barbie that represents her as a cultural statement and/or icon in our modern times. I also wanted to celebrate her as a symbol of beauty, or “perceived” beauty. Through painting Barbie I found a connection to beauty.One can interpret, through my oil paintings of Barbie, the paintings of her promote the principle of beauty. I wanted to capture her and make sure she wasn’t lost in the form of “Barbie.” The expanded view of Barbie in my paintings, is not just “Barbie, the Doll,” but, a realistic...


Barbie Town: Globalization, Empowerment and a 11 1/2" Doll In Taiwan

Judy Ragagli

Barbie Town:  Globalization, Empowerment and a 11 1/2" Doll In Taiwan
The manufacturing of Barbie in Taishan, Taiwan brought employment, happiness, sustainability, community, economic vibrancy and female empowerment to a small underdeveloped island.

The History of Barbie

Judy Ragagli

The History of Barbie
"Barbie was created in 1959 by Ruth and Elliot Handler, co-founders of Mattel, Barbie was an innovation destined for fame....."