"I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic!"
-- "Barbie Girl" 1997, by Danish-Norwegian pop group, Aqua.
Barbie, the shapely fashion doll of toy box fame, turned 50 Monday.
Always controversial, she is both praised and condemned: Praised for the new grown-up play she has brought to little girls worldwide. Condemned for the unrealistic standards of body image she has imposed on little girls worldwide.