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Meet Inuit Barbie

The Story

Canadian heritage and Barbie have finally crossed paths. In 2005, Mattel released the latest model in the iconic line of dolls called Inuit Legend Barbie. It's the brainchild of Christy Marcus of Toronto, who won a Ryerson University Barbie fashion design contest. "My grandmother was Inuit so I did a lot of heavy research into it, and after that the inspiration came really easy," she says. Thousands of miles away in Iqaluit, Neoma Kaponi Cox can't wait to get her hands on the first doll she's ever seen that looks like her.

Medium: Television
Program: Saturday Report
Broadcast Date: July 16, 2005
Guests: Naoma Kaponi Cox, Tatum Dooley, Christy Marcus, Margaret Matsui
Reporter: Jacquie Perrin
Duration: 2:28

Did You know?

• The contest won by Christy Marcus was called What Will Barbie Wear in 2005? Jointly sponsored by Mattel Canada and the Ryerson School of Fashion, it gave Ryerson students the exclusive opportunity to create a Barbie using their own unique vision.

  • According to barbiecollector.com, Inuit Legend Barbie's outfit "begins with a bodice of white sueded brushed tricot embellished with plush trim and ribbon and cord accents. The skirt of printed sueded tricot features plush trim and is worn with a brown satin underskirt. Accessories include gloves, boots, and a cord and feather choker."


• New Barbies have been released regularly since the first one came out in 1959. Models include the first Ken doll (1961) Career and College Grad Barbie (1963), Bendable Leg Barbie (1966), Malibu Barbie (1970), Barbie's friend Skipper (1975), Sun Loving and Beautiful Bride Barbie (1978), the first Hispanic Barbie (1979), Harley Davidson and Silkstone Barbie (2005).




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