Be Brave. Be Strong. Be Yourself.
These are the three codes of conduct that Barbie shared with her fans. We caught her last performance of Barbie LIVE (10 – 14 September) at the Mastercard Theatre Marina Bay Sands.
I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to bring my daughter to watch Barbie LIVE! Barbie with her perfect figure and her perfect relationship with her boyfriend Ken and her perfect life where everything she touches turns to gold, didn’t seem real.
But I have watched the new, modern Barbie movies – Barbie in Swan Lake, Barbie in Mariposa, Barbie in The Charmed School, Barbie in The Three Musketeers, and my daughter’s absolute favourite, Barbie in Princess and the Popstar, just to name a few. In these movies, Barbie’s character has always demonstrated strength, courage, kindness, generosity, resilience and brains.
No longer was Barbie the ditzy, helpless girl who relied solely on Ken or some Prince to rescue or support her. Modern Barbie has a strong voice and positive opinions about girl power, friendships and character.
So, after some thought and soul searching – I had to convince the feminist in me that I was not degenerating years of feminist movement by taking my 6-year-old to Barbie LIVE! – we headed out for the show.
The story centred around Barbie and her not so confident best friend, Teresa as they rehearsed to film for a movie. Of course there was a protagonist who wanted Teresa’s part in the movie and feels she is more suitable for the job. To overcome Teresa’s insecurities, Barbie shared how her characters in her past movies, Swan Lake, Mariposa, and Princess and the Popstar helped her friends triumph over the enemies or nay-sayers.
While the young girls were obviously enchanted by Barbie – they knew the lyrics by heart and were singing along with Barbie, I was very happy to observe that real-live Barbie was “normal-sized” with curves and even a little chubby in certain areas.
If there’s anything I learnt from this show, other than the songs, it is to ensure that when my daughter is grown, she’ll know the following:
Know her unique power
Stand on her two feet
Be who she wants to be
So, put your sparkle on and bring out the Barbie in you. After the performance, as we walked past the store, we saw it was packed with Barbie fans (young girls) and their parents. Some merchandise were already out of stock. We were happy we went in at half time to get our souvenirs.
Till our next post, love yourself, love one another.