Barbie’s Back And Is Here To Stay
Claire Miles - April 14, 2020

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

If you ever thought that Barbie wasn’t going to still be a thing in 2020, well then you better think again! We’re about to tell you all about why you are (fortunately) very, very wrong.  She’s still here, and she’s here to stay. Our miniature plastic, perfect, yet unrealistic model Barbie made her grand debut back in 1959 and represented everything that the American dream entailed – from living in a dream house to working every job she desired, and changing these jobs without blinking an eye or encountering any issues. She always wore the most stylish and trendy outfits and even had a ton of both pets and friends. She had the life that none of us could ever even imagine. 

 

And somehow, despite Barbie’s incredible, flawless life and popularity, her sales still went down in 2014. Nonetheless, Barbie’s nostalgia factor will never die, and there’s no doubt about it.   There will always be a draw into any kind of Barbie related collaboration – no matter how many years have gone by, with even a Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Tour taking place throughout America in honor of our girl’s 60th anniversary. 

 

 

So even if sales of the actual doll herself aren’t as strong – Barbie is still stronger than ever! Mattel has also clearly listened and taken serious action on comments and criticism they’ve received in recent years about body and gender issues that Barbie may have caused to young girls to experience – making more dolls that are more modern, in tune with reality, and depict all types of women. 

 

Barbie has not only changed shapes and races, but she’s also earned herself some promotions at work with far more and better career options! You go, girl!  Barbie has also come out with recent clothing collaborations with some popular brands that offer items for all sizes and styles!