Barbie has always been very controversial concering her adequateness as a kids toy and the distorted image of women she is said to convey.
As for me, I had lots of Barbies, perhaps 40 or so, and 3 Kens and the Jeep, the dream house, and countless outfits....:) and after all I would not consider myself as having been taught a wrong beauty ideal. What I actually want to say is that Barbie is fun and I always enjoyed having them. I guess on the weekend I have to get my old Barbie box out of the basement:)
As you can see below, Barbie experienced quite a developement since her early days...
That's the first Barbie in her striped swimsuit. (Ken used to look so different, too!)
I guess, that's the Barbie of my era with a huge fringe, bright make-up and all the funky outfits:)
These are some of the Designers' versions of Barbie: