Our Friday Girl today is Butterfly Art Barbie. She is one of the 180 and I recognised her crimped hair. When I undressed her, I found her butterfly tattoo. I bought Butterfly Art Teresa when the dolls first came out because I thought she was the prettiest. Later on, I bought Kira but I always thought that Butterfly Art Barbie had a strange expression even though I love the Mackie face. This is the first time I’ve seen one out of the box and I think that her face could grow on me. I am not really a fan of the deep tan though.
Barbie was not in her original outfit so I swapped her into a top and skirt that showed off her signature tattoo.
Does anyone remember all the controversy surrounding the Butterfly Art dolls when they came out? Many people did not like tattoos on a children’s toy or the skimpy outfits the dolls wore. Really these tattoos are pretty innocuous compared to real life tattoos. Since those days it’s become a lot more common for women to wear prominent tattoos. I personally don’t care for them but I thought it was a lot of fuss over a doll. Some years later, in 2011 I think Mattel released another tattooed doll, Tokidoki Barbie who featured tattoos covering her back and neck. There was a lot of fuss about that too but she was aimed at the collector’s market.