Superstar Barbie

Superstar Barbie, or as I like to call her, “Disco Barbie,” debuted in 1976. I remember getting mine at A&S in February of 1977. Superstar Barbie was different from the Malibu Barbie and Quick Curl Barbie and Ballerina Barbie in my collection. Superstar Barbie was fierce. Superstar Barbie was a singing disco diva, and looked like she could be a guest on any one of the variety shows popular during the era, such as The Donny and Marie Show or The Sonny and Cher Show. I guess that’s what the microphone in her hand was for. She shunned the usual frilly and floral Barbie fashions in favor of a hot pink satin designer gown, with matching boa. And her shoes! Don’t get me started about her shoes. Instead of the standard slip-on shoes that Barbies usually wore (which more often than not wouldn’t stay on her feet), Superstar Barbie came with strappy high-heeled disco sandals. But what made her truly unique was her face. Superstar Barbie was the first new Barbie face in 10 years. The previous face, which debuted in 1967, had large eyes with prominent colored eyelids and heavy mascara and liner. It was very Twiggy and Yardley of London. But it was outdated for the disco era. Superstar Barbie was also different in that, unlike earlier Barbies, her arms were bent, allowing for a greater variety of poses, especially with that mic in her hand. Superstar Barbie also came with jewelry for her owner to wear, so little girls could feel like disco queens too.
Although Barbie has undergone many transformations since she debuted in 1959, Superstar Barbie wil always hold a special place in my heart as a symbol of childhood memories and growing up in the Seventies.


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