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by on August 23, 2012

Mattel’s Barbie made headlines recently with their collaboration with The Blondes’. The press has been lovingly calling the doll “Drag Queen Barbie” because of the resemblance to Phillipe Blonde’s drag persona, but the toy company is denying the nickname saying that that doll was never intended to be a he/she. 

<i>Mattel</i> Says Drag Queen Barbie is Not Actually a Drag Queen

Designer duo The Blondes’ have styled celebrities like Katy Perry, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga and their latest collaboration was with the most famous girl in the world. Barbie.

Mattel commissioned the doll after the success of the designers’ look for the 50th anniversary Barbie Runway show at Mercedez-Benz Fashion week in 2009. With many media outlets nicknaming the doll “Drag Queen Barbie”, both The Blondes’ and Matel are denying that the doll was supposed to be anything other than the most glamorous version of Barbie that customers had ever seen.

David of The Blondes’ stated, ”It’s a surprise to all of us, The goal was to create an outfit so over the top that she wouldn’t have it in her closet. It was never Drag Queen Barbie.”.

Wearing a glitzy rhinestone dress, fur coat, long curled blonde hair, dramatic makeup, and the doll’s resemblance to Phillipe Blonde’s signature drag look, it’s not hard to mistake the Barbie as a man in drag. But whether the company intended on selling a drag queen Barbie or not, the doll is on backorder until the end of the year. And we still wish Barbie was packing a little something extra underneath her skirt.


Contributed by Emily Draznik

Chicago transplant and aspiring gay icon. I hold the belief that puns are the highest form of humor and love writing about fashion and everything in between.

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