Don't miss a single issue of Parler Paris! "Whitelist" Parler Paris by adding "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your address book.
Parler Paris Après-Midi
At every Après-Midi, a guest speaker of note will come to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion.
April 12, 2016
Linda Hervieux, Author Talking about her new book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War"
The injustices of 1940s Jim Crow America are brought to life in this extraordinary blend of military and social history—a story that pays tribute to the valor of an all-black battalion whose crucial contributions at D-Day have gone unrecognized to this day.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
...and the second Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Upstairs at Café de la Mairie (formerly La Pierre du Marais), on the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 3rd. Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers Costs nothing except whatever you drink!
I had no idea that when I saw Barbie of 1959 in her little black and white striped bathing suit, her curly bangs and long pony tail, that tears would well-up taking me back to when I was seven years old. My daughter standing next to me watching me grab for a tissue just cracked up. "Oh, Mom! Are you seriously getting choked up?"
She had a collection of Barbies herself as a kid -- 11 of which she sold off in a garage sale. Barbie was the love of my life and the beginning of my desire to become a great fashion designer. That's when I started sewing and knitting clothing for her. By the age of ten, I was making my own clothing on my mother's sewing machine and by 17 I was attending the Fashion Institute of Technology studying fashion design for real. Barbie was my inspiration.
Today Barbie is the inspiration for a major exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs on until September 18th, packing in the crowds to see the 700 Barbies on display! Going on a Saturday afternoon was a big mistake as it was an absolute sea of every age, mostly girls and women -- so plan to go when the kids are in school!
The official story about Barbie is fascinating, because she's so much more than just a doll. Mattel had no idea the success the iconic adult doll would reap upon them, thanks to businesswoman Ruth Handler who was inspired by a German doll called Bild Lilli along with her daughter, Barbara. In fact, Mattel was against the idea and some parents were opposed to Barbie having breasts. Against the odds, she debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959 and the rest is history. When I turned seven years old in October of that year, she was my birthday gift.
Not everyone allowed their children to play with Barbies. Dr. Rebecca Hains, author, professor and speaker offers five reasons NOT to buy Barbie for little girls. Most of the criticisms concern Barbie as a bad role model because she promotes "an unrealistic idea of body image for a young woman, leading to a risk that girls who attempt to emulate her will become anorexic." One friend recently told me that his wife would never let their daughter play with Barbie, but she became anorexic in spite of it. Seems Barbie isn't the only bad influence out there.
Barbie comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and roles in today's world. The exhibition has Barbie dressed for every sort of profession, those that are both traditionally for women as well as for men -- about 150 different careers and 40 different nationalities having collaborated with more than 75 different fashion designers. She has a huge family, now, too -- it's not just lone little Barbie in all her perfection. Over a billion Barbies have been sold worldwide in more than 150 countries -- Mattel says that three Barbies are sold every single second!
Let's face it, Barbie is one popular chick! All those naysayers need to go get a life. The numbers speak for themselves. Barbie has made quite an impression on the world and why shouldn't she? She's pretty, personable, smart and dynamic. Women with these attributes excel in everything they do, whether we like it or not. The others are just jealous.
P.S. French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine that gives you insights, recommendations and tips about buying and investing in property in France. Receive 50 information-packed issues a year, plus you'll have access to all past, archived articles. Get your subscription today!
Safe and Global Browsing. Mask your location in France and use the Internet without artificial borders. 100% Free to try. No credit card needed for the 7-day trial.
Copyright 2016 Adrian Leeds® The Adrian Leeds Group® Adrian Leeds® is a registered trademark in France. INPI: March 10, 2006, #063416238. Adrian Leeds Group® is a registered trademark in France. INPI: December 22, 2014, # 14/4144068. Anyone using these brand names or any kind of advertising without permission may be prosecuted. AdrianLeeds.com, AdrianLeedsGroup.com and AdrianLeedsEnterprises.com are reserved domains for exclusive use of Adrian Leeds® and Adrian Leeds Group®.
Want more Archives? Browse by Calendar Year and post Thumbnails: