Barbie 1990s

Featured 1990s dolls (from top to bottom, left to right): 1998 Beyond Pink Barbie, 1993 Earring Magic Barbie Brunette, 1992 Totally Hair Barbie Blonde, 1995 Baywatch Barbie, 1992 Totally Hair Barbies and Ken, 1993 Earring Magic Barbies and Ken, 1995 Baywatch Ken & Barbie, 1993 Troll Barbie, 1997 Sixties Fun Barbie, 1996 Fifties Fun Barbie, 1998 '70s Disco Barbie, and 1999 Millennium Princess Barbie. 

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​​​​​​Behold The Valley of the Dolls

A Barbie Collection in Portraits​​

The 1990s sees the best-selling Barbie of all time, Totally Hair Barbie, and she totally has the longest hair of any doll thus far (at 11½-long). This is fitting because it’s the era of BIG hair and many of the dolls issued in the first-half of the decade have outrageous hair— styled wildly huge, sweeping the floor, and often crimped with tall bangs (aka “mall bangs”). The 1990s also sees two of the most controversial dolls of all time: Teen Talk Barbie, who finds “math class tough,” and Earring Magic Ken, whose sexual orientation is of question. Seemingly there’s a gazillion variations of Barbie dolls issued on the market throughout the decade. Not only is Barbie released as children’s toy lines but as holiday dolls (Valentines, Easter, Halloween, Christmas); licensed dolls for just about every consumer product imaginable (from Kool-Aid to Avon to Harley-Davidson to Oreos); and fancy designer dolls aimed at adult collectors (who never take them out of the box… unless you’re this collector). 

All dolls are from the collection of David Mansour.

Photos are the copyright of ©David James Mansour and ©Behold the Valley of the Dolls. 
"Barbie 1990s" text is an excerpt from Behold the Valley of the Dolls: A Barbie Collection in Portraits 
by David James Mansour