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18 March

Barbie, life of an icon

‘Barbie, life of an icon’ displays 700 plastic figures at the Museum of Decorative Dolls.

The colourful collection features models who ‘walk’ the catwalk in high-fashion creations from the likes of Christian Lacroix and Jean Paul Gaultier – as well as historical figures including former Queen of France, Marie Antoinette.

Although Barbie has become an icon, her presence in popular culture has been widely criticised – in particular for her unrealistic dimensions, which some argue can make young girls focus on their own appearances.

The doll has tried to be a more positive role model in recent years by focusing on Barbie’s widening career choices. Mattel is also planning to launch a range of dolls which embody a variety of skin colours and body shapes.

‘Barbie’ runs to September 18, 2016, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France.