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Old 06-28-2004, 01:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Finally an "Indian Barbie" that's not tacky

Take a look and click on the photo link for a glimpse of an "Indian" style Barbie that isn't totally offensive. And congrats to the young designer for her achievement.

Subject: Fwd: [NATIVELIT-L:29959] Mattel Canada creates Inuk Barbie doll


>June 25, 2004
>
>Mattel Canada creates Inuk Barbie doll
>
>Young fashion student honours her Inuk grandmother
>
>JANE GEORGE
>
>CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE
>http://www.nunatsiaq.com/news/images...ukbarbie_L.jpg
>Meet next year's Barbie doll: Christy Marcus, a fashion student whose
>grandmother is from Nunavik, created this design for next year's
>Inuk-style Barbie, set to hit store shelves in the fall of 2005.
(PHOTO
>COURTESY OF MATTEL CANADA)
>
>Next year Barbie plans to model an Inuit-art inspired design by
Christy
>Marcus, 20, a second-year fashion student at Ryerson University in
Toronto.
>
>Marcus won the Mattel Canada competition "What will Barbie wear in
2005?"
>The contest challenged students to create an original design based on
>"their unique vision" for the world's quintessential fashion icon.
>
>Marcus's grandmother was originally from Nunavik, although Marcus
doesn't
>know exactly which community she came from.
>
>"My grandmother's name was Mary Verhaegen, but her maiden name was
Mary
>Shem," Marcus said. "My grandmother lived a traditionally Inuit
lifestyle
>when she was younger, although she was half-Inuit and half-Cree. When
her
>parents died, she continued to embrace her Inuit background. When she
met
>my grandfather, they married and eventually moved to Windsor, Ontario,
>where my mother and I were born."
>
>While growing up, Marcus said she had a very close bond with her
>grandmother, and even lived with her grandparents for a short period of
time.
>
>"Although she never talked about her background or her youth, on
>occasion we would watch Inuit television shows and listen to Inuit
>music. On a very rare occasion I heard her speaking Inuttitut with old
>friends that still lived in Quebec," Marcus said.
>
>This northern connection inspired Marcus' winning entry dubbed "The
>Kenojuak Gown," which features hand-painted, off-white crepe panels
>trimmed in braided suede and white faux fur accessories.
>
>Her design beat out "Mysteriously Romantic Barbie," "Butterfly Barbie"
and
>"Let's Paint this Town Red Barbie" designs to win Mattel
Canada's "What
>will Barbie Wear in 2005?" competition.
>
>Marcus used acrylic paint to decorate the crepe with stylized images
of
>birds based on Ashevak's painting The Enchanted Owl, which was
featured on
>a Canadian postage stamp in the early 1970s.
>
>By winning the competition, Marcus joins the ranks of Kate Spade,
>Christian Dior, Bob Mackie and many other top fashion designers as the
>newest designer for the Barbie Doll.
>
>Marcus receives a $1,500 cash prize, a designer profile on
>, and she will be profiled on the
>package bearing her design.
>
>The competition, organized by the Ryerson University School of Fashion
and
>Mattel Canada in honour of Barbie Doll's 45th Anniversary, was
intended to
>give young designers the chance to design the next Barbie Collector
Doll
>to be sold in Canada.
>
>"After my grandmother's death I realized how little I actually knew
about
>her background, and that really saddened me. Since then I have always
been
>interested in Inuit culture," Marcus said.
>
>"Upon hearing that the Barbie that was chosen from this competition
>would be exclusively available in Canada, I realized this was a
great
>opportunity for me to research not only my [own], but Canada's roots.
I
>look very much forward to learning more about Inuit culture."
>
>The doll wearing Marcus's design will be on the store shelves in the
fall
>of 2005.
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Old 06-28-2004, 02:14 PM   #2
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unless I'm reading this wrong, she didn't design the actual doll, but rather won the fashion design contest. Either way the doll is sure pretty!
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Old 06-28-2004, 07:30 PM   #3
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:35 AM   #4
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:) She is a beautiful doll! I bet she'll cost a fortune!
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