Thanks Barbie for sponsoring this post that talks about play and dreams.
A couple of months ago I received a call from Barbie to join the Barbie Project. It was a dream to learn that she already knew Ayelen and wanted to invite her to be part of this project, representing our community of girls around the world.
There are special memories that connect us to our childhood, and to our growth, for me one of them is Barbie. I grew up playing with Barbie, and I treasure those play times in my heart, as my first Barbie was a very special gift of my mom on my 6th birthday. When I became a mom, my daughter Ayelén continued with the tradition and asked for her Barbie when she was only 4.
Ayelén lives with an extra chromosome. She’s beautiful just the way she is, and when she plays with Barbie, she learns to accept individual uniqueness and to live a life free of prejudice against others and herself. Our lives have taught us that we are all unique, different and perfect in our own characteristics, that’s the main reason I would never deprive her of the magical experience of accepting real diversity, otherwise, I would be a hypocrite.
In her typical games and adventures along with Barbie, Ayelén has learned that even Barbie and her, don’t have many physical characteristics in common, Barbie is her friend, and you love your friends just the way they are. In her heart, Barbie loves her in the exact same way.
Ayelén spends special time with Barbie every day. She invites her to devour pancakes and drink strawberry juice. Barbie is never on a diet, she neither dictates her what to think, nor what to believe. Ayelén doesn’t follow Barbie’s lead, but she gives life to Barbie instead, by putting words in her mouth, dressing her up, combing her hair, or when she makes her walk or dance.
Many women like me have grown with Barbie, dreaming once upon a time of having a life full of success, and a giant closet with a million pair of shoes. Also looking for the perfect boyfriend, who would make us happy with expensive gifts, jewelry, and flowers.
And when we grow up and we mature, to face the real challenges of life doesn’t make us hate the magic, but to appreciate more than ever those unrepeatable moments of dream and play, and of course, want them for our daughters as well.
To me, Barbie is not and has never been the unachievable image of a woman, she was instead my first opportunity to believe in the power of my own voice. My Barbies were all advocates. They were feminine and elegant, not because of the clothes that came in the package, but because of my own choice. Barbie accompanied me to grow up and become all that I’m today, and I can see the same thing when I see my daughter playing with her.
Join the conversation with #BarbieProject and tell us what’s your personal story with Barbie.