Miss America vs. Barbie

Posted February 23, 2009 by Elizabeth in vintage/ 26 Comments

Back in the day, one of the things my sister and I might do was play dress-up with gorgeous party dresses, jewelry, and makeup. We wanted to learn how to put the makeup on just right. Who better to guide us on our journey to womanhood than Barbie and Miss America! Did any of you have one of these awesome mannequin heads?Kathleen had this Miss America, who is still in really good shape and wearing her shiny, foily crown. She has blue eyes, a blue box, and a blue label. My Barbie head is lost forever, but we really did a job on her face, so it’s best to let her RIP anyway. I found this picture online. Notice her big blue eyes and eyeshadow, and her fluffy blue hair doo-dad. It is the closest I could find to what my Barbie looked like, but she didn’t have hands. I think they’re kind of creepy, growing out of the tray that way, don’t you?They came with awful gummy makeup that Mattel said we could wear also, but it didn’t seem to go on human skin as well as plastic. And it didn’t really come off poor Barbie’s face unless our mom used a scrubber and really worked at it. Barbie also had styling tools so we could do her hair. Because the base was so light, if you tugged at the hair, she’d flip over! This was a toy that we wanted and then when we got it it wasn’t as much fun as we thought. Any toy disappointments in your childhood?
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26 responses to “Miss America vs. Barbie

  1. This is so funny! Miss America doesn’t look too happy! Such a serious face…LOL! I don’t know if I like the hands or not..kinda creepy indeed! LOL!
    Midwestern Family

  2. Those hands on barbie are creepy! My siste and I both had heads but I’m not sure if they were Miss Americas or not. I seem to remember I did something permanent to mine with a felt marker. Eyeliner, maybe?

  3. My sister and I went through several of these. For some reason we always ended up cutting there hair off. Incidently, my nieces received the Bratz version, that is basically the hoochie version of Barbie.It cracks me up though because they call it their Rat head doll.

  4. I was too old for these when they came out but cousins had them. Not the most well thought out toy was it?

    I was a Barbie girl, jacks, pick up sticks, hula hoops…not much can go wrong there!

  5. I always wanted one of these but never got it. Not that I didn’t have any other toys, lol!

    My disappointment was a Chrissy doll. The knob on her back that was supposed to make her hair shorter quit working. I decided to disassemble her and try to fix it…she never did get her head on straight after that….

    Happy Blue Monday☺

  6. You described it well. Creepy arms alright. I didn’t have a Barbie but I imagine you were far ahead of the rest of your friends in makeup application. Maybe?

    Kathy b

  7. OH, this was fun, Elizabeth. No, I’m older and didn’t have one of these. But I had the Barbie with the pony tail and Ken with plastic hair, Barbie’s little sister, Skipper and Barbie’s red haired friend, Midge! Don’t tell anyone, but I was a closet doll player. Played with my Barbies until I was 13 years old! Mom and I had a signal, if one of my friends came over “signal” and they would go in a little suit case and I’d push it under the bed.! Oh, the memories you’ve brought back!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  8. I have never seen these heads. But little girls would love them and to get to play with make-up, wow, it couldn’t get any better. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a Wonderful Day!
    from Roberta Anne

  9. Oh look at you with these items still in good shape! I never even owned a Barbie doll growing up so fat chance getting one of these :0)
    Fun Blue Monday Elizabeth!

  10. here from SITS! LOVE this post! i always wanted one of those creepy things. my friend’s older sister had one. i think i just wanted to be like her! 🙂 love your blog!

  11. Anonymous

    I’d have to go with the Mouse Trap game… what a pile of junk!!! It looked SO cool on the television commercials, but we could never add a piece without knocking the rest of it down.

    I always wanted *the head*, but mom said “no way”. I guess I should be grateful. There were others, but I’ll have to put on my thinking cap to remember.

    ~Kari

  12. I had the early Barbie, Ken and Midge. Ken had flocked hair that rubbed off. I guess he really suffered from EARLY male pattern baldness!

  13. When I was a child–back in the covered wagons days–I used to play a game called “Clean the House.” lol I still play that game today. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

  14. My daughters had everything Barbie and Ken. I remember the Barbie head with the smeared make-up. Barbie has really changed a lot over the years. Happy Blue Monday!
    Sweetie

  15. I bought that for my daughters, they had everything Barbie. I still have some of it in the attic. I have the Ken doll, that has the hair painted on. 🙂

    Hugs,
    Chris

  16. OMGOSH!!! Elizabeth I am literally laughing right now. I had one of those and like you and your sister I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT! When I got it, I was so disappointed! I remember I’d try and curl her hair with that dumb plastic thingy it came with and her hair would tangle so her curls always looked frizzy. Then I got the bright idea of using a real curling iron…OMGOSH! Burned her hair right off and the smell was just horrible!!! ROFL…I need to stop laughing. It still hurts to laugh. but I can’t seem to stop! omgosh!

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