Happy birthday, Barbie!

I never get tired of telling this story. It was the 20th of March 1986. I was a small girl in a communist Romania. A Barbie doll was only a dream for most girls. It was also my mother’s dream. Ever since she was a little girl she would sit for hours admiring the Barbie ads that ran in the vintage Pif & Hercule French magazines. They were some of the only foreign magazines you could get your hands on back in those days. She never managed to get a doll for herself so getting a Barbie doll for me was one of the most important things she wanted to do.

With some help from a friend that had just the right connections, she acquired the lovely Sun Gold Malibu Barbie and patiently waited for my birthday to give her to me. I can still remember waking up and looking at the door when this gorgeous blond doll walked in. It was love at first site and I was hooked ever since.

Now I have a huge collection but that doll is still THE Barbie doll for me. She has become a symbol of both my childhood and our freedom from the communist regime. I will forever cherish her and love her.

Happy birthday, Barbie!

3 thoughts on “Happy birthday, Barbie!

  1. That is so lovely! I can so relate to that, only I’m much older – my first ‘Barbie’ was actually a Bild Lilli which I got from my Dad in 1960. I was nine years old and I learned to sew, cut out patterns and generally improvise on her. I still have her of course, but only because my mother kept her for me for years.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story. I enjoy your blog because there’s always beautiful photos and sneak peaks at whats to come in the fashion doll world. Keep up the good work!

  3. Wonderful story! I remember getting this particular doll as well when I was very young. I think Golden Dreams was my very first one, but I think this one may have been my 2nd or 3rd and I absolutely loved her. Great memories. :)

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