Angela Merkel Barbie doll makes debut at a Toy Fair in Germany
Angela Merkel, the iron lady of the 21st century and Forbes most powerful woman in the world, has had a replica Barbie doll made in her honour. The doll made its debut at the 60th annual International Toy Fair in Nuremberg today.
Barbie dolls first appeared around the time Merkel was a little 5-year-old, so the age gap between the 'real' Merkel and her plastic prototype is relatively small. Merkel Barbie, however, looks like any other Barbie doll: young and slim, which isn’t necessarily consistent with how the German Chancellor looks like. So some fair attendees fail to recognize that what they are looking at is a Barbie version of Angela Merkel. The only thing that gives it away is the outfit and the hairdo. Barbie Merkel is classy, wearing a tailored suit and a broche, complete with a recognizable layered haircut. Whether the doll sells or not remains to be seen.
Barbie turns 50 this year. But in addition to the birthday bash, toymaker Mattel also found time to honor German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- by turning her into a Barbie doll.
It may be her 50th birthday this year, but Barbie certainly doesn't look her age. Perhaps it is appropriate then that the Angela Merkel Barbie Doll, debuted at the 60th annual International Toy Fair in Nuremberg on Thursday, hardly looks anything like the German chancellor. Mattel, it would seem, wanted to honor Germany's first female chancellor as a role model for girls. The problem, though, is that some people might have trouble recognizing her.
The Merkel Barbie's hair color and cut are spot on, as is her respectable black wool crepe trouser suit, complete with pink lining and a broach. But that's pretty much where the similarities end. The standard, flat Barbie smile -- which one might think fits the politican stereotype -- helps hardly at all.
Indeed, the Merkel Barbie has curves more likely to be seen in Heidi Klum's show "Germany's Next Top Model" than on the floor of the Bundestag.