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By PAT BEALL
Palm Beach Staff Writer
Monday, December 10, 2007
“The girl’s gone wild.
Just under the retail radar, Barbie tries on black silk bustiers and garters, red kewpie-doll lips and dollops of mauve eye shadow. She dons tartan knickers to take tea “en suite” and black fishnet stockings when working as a French maid.
She comes in half a dozen lingerie-only versions, part of Mattel’s adults-only Barbie Fashion Model Collection.
“They’re so sleazy it takes my breath away,” says M.G. Lord, author of Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. A recognized authority on the iconic toy, Lord says, “These are the 1950s sexual fantasies of middle-aged men. The nurse, the French maid, that creepy Asian fantasy doll. And there is definitely something going on with the riding boot and that little whip.”