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Barbie-Themed Restaurant Opens in Taiwan

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Taipei, Taiwan is now home to the first-ever Barbie-themed restaurant, complete with stiletto-shaped bar stools, tiaras galore, and tutu-clad waitresses.  The city is already home to a Hello Kitty cafe, but the Barbie restaurant is likely to raise the eyebrows of American parents who are not fans of the body image message Barbie sends to girls.

More from CNN.com:

Licensed by U.S. toymaker Mattel, Taiwan restaurant company Sinlaku on Wednesday opened the Barbie Café on Zhongxiao road, one of the busiest shopping districts in the capital, Taipei.

The café’s decoration, costing TW$50 million (US$1.7 million), is mostly in suitably Barbie-style magenta and pink.

The furniture couldn’t be more princess-y — bar tables look like the heel of a stiletto, chair backs resemble bustiers (some with a tutu) and chandeliers are shaped like elegant teapots and teacups with saucers. Barbie dolls and logos adorn walls and tabletops.

The restaurant also has a gigantic Barbie box allowing customers to step in and feel like a packaged up, life-size Barbie.

Waitresses wear tutus and tiaras while their male counterparts try, mostly in vain, to look like Ken, Barbie’s on-off squeeze.

Barbie’s abnormally, and anatomically-challenging, slim figure may diminish some appetites. With that in mind, the restaurant menu has been designed by professional nutritionists, local media reported (Chinese). There’s a calorie chart on the first page of the menu, with calorie data listed alongside each item.

Image: Barbie-style pink sofa, via Shutterstock

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Mattel Announces Plans to Make Bald Barbie

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

In response to a Facebook campaign that garnered more than 150,000 supporters, the toymaker Mattel has announced it will make a bald doll as part of the Barbie franchise to offer support for children who are either going through cancer treatment or living with a condition that causes them to lose their hair.

On its Facebook page, Mattel announced that the doll will be released next year directly to children’s hospitals, but not to the public:

Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

The group that petitioned Mattel also is collecting signatures to urge toymaker Hasbro to create a bald GI Joe doll.

Image: Mattel logo, via http://logos.wikia.com/

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