Friday, May 05, 2006
BPR Contest Runner Up: "Lil' Abner Appalachian My Scene Barbie"
MK was at his bitchy best judging the "All Dolled Up" challenge. He gave perhaps his best line of the season commenting on Raymundo's Barbie: "She looked like Barefoot Appalachian Lil' Abner Barbie". This has provided all of us with months of amusement at BPR.
digibelle100 has put a lot of thought into what exactly such a Barbie would look like. Here's her description:
"She's a hot number in her denim and eyelet mini skirt and cut top she threw together using one of granny's old quilts. And those boots are made for walking and some serious stomping down the runway! She comes with several great outfits, including her 'Rich White Trash' T- shirt and those white pumps that you KNOW she will be wearing after Labor Day. Don't forget the Hillbilly cell phone so she can call Daisy Mae and all her other 'My Scene' friends in the forest."
Let's go to the judges:
Laura K: Okay, if this was actually in production I would totally buy it. Mattel? Hello?
Tbone: I could see a whole cottage industry built around accessories alone for this Barbie. Love the detail. This one looks like it took a lot of time to finish.
Scarlett: MK said that the inspiration Barbie was a "little bit sad." This Barbie has all sorts of joie de vie. J'adore the tablecloth reference, too.
Well done, digibelle100!
Posted by Tbone at 3:30 AM
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This is great!!!
I forgot how much Raymundo's model looked like a man in this dress!
Love it! Congratulations. I've got one question. In the top right-hand corner, over from what I presume is a bottle of moonshine, there is something blue. I can't for the life of me figure out what it is....?
It is always wonderful to perpetuate cultural stereotypes. I congratulate Michael Kors and BPR for continuing to do so in such great taste.
-An Appalachian Hillbilly
"..take me hoooome. country roooooads.. to tha play-ccceee I beeeelong... west verginia, mountain maaammaaaaa..take.." okay don't tell me no one else was hearing this song in their heads.
Great job! I actually love WV so much and I would not mind being a MM...
surfin' hillbilly would be fun too..
Thanks for your comments, I had a lot of fun making it... actually on nights when I had a bad bout of insomnia was when I got the most work done.
To answer your question, thescot, the blue thing is a tin-can telephone: two tin cans hooked together with string, my version of the "hillbilly" cell phone. And please, I created this graphic with apologies to EVERYONE in Appalachia and to Raymundo. I'm glad you folks are enjoying it!
Second Anonymous, we are sorry that you are offended. I live on the Main Line of Philadelphia ... another hotbed of cultural stereotypes. If MK had said something about, "She looks like Lilly Pulitzer Preppy My Scene Barbie," believe me, I would just laugh.
I love her accessories-especially the jug, lol
Thank you Digibelle 100, for your reply.
Talking about cultural stereotypes, as a Scot, of course, I had no difficulty knowing what was going in that jar! But the tin-can telephone was not readily to hand in my cultural experience. For me, Appalachian Barbie turns out to be an educational tool! Who woulda thunk it?
I think this is adorable in a "Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke" kind of way. However I certainly do not want to be perpetuating any stereotypes here and I offer my apology to anyone who may have been offended. I'm sorry.
Laura, you are much more diplomatic than I am. If I sounded insensitive, it's because I naively think no one believes such cultural stereotypes.
PLease don't apologize. It's a great winner-Michael Kors started this whole thing. It's his fault!! but seriously, i hope no one gets offended and if they do, they seriously need to toughen up.
Digibelle, be sure to send us your name and address so that we can mail your valuable prize!
I suspect the point isn't so much that anyone believes the stereotypes, it's that they're unnecessarily carried on. I'm sure most people don't believe that gays are responsible for spreading AIDS and that all fashion models are bulemic heroin addicts, but I also doubt that gays and models like it when the stereotypes are casually joked about anyway.
Just a thought.
I think this one is awsome. I too would buy it if mattel actually sold it.kjinak
Lighten up, it's fashion!
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