Mattel puts end to search for real-life Barbie

A CAMPAIGN to find Australia’s real-life Barbie has been shut down by the iconic doll’s creators.

The Sunday Mail has learnt that an Australian licensee of Mattel has been given a dressing down after issuing a casting call without the permission of the plastic doll’s international manufacturer.

The advertisement, which bore the Mattel name, called for tanned Queensland women, size six to 10, and 25 years or under, to apply for the role. The successful candidate was also required to have Barbie’s trademark blonde locks, be no shorter than 170cm, have a perfect face and teeth, and be able to speak with an American accent.

“You will need to have the right personality to become Mattel’s Barbie,” the casting call said.

It was issued on online audition noticeboard StarNow on September 18 but pulled last week after Mattel Australia was contacted by The Sunday Mail.

Gretta Addison of Mattel Australia said the casting call had been issued by a licensee partner.

“This was not posted by Mattel. It was a partner of Mattel who manages specific promotions and we are working with them to understand why this was posted,” Ms Addison said.

“And, in fact, when we cast Barbie models around the world, while we do look for young women and men to play Barbie and Ken who have some resemblance to the local image, we are looking for clever, fun actors who relate to children and understand how to interpret the brand.”

In place of the advertisement was a one line message: This listing has been temporarily removed by StarNow staff for further review.

The popular plastic fashion doll was launched by Mattel in 1959 and her “life” has been controversial. She has been criticised for promoting an unrealistic body image for young women with estimates putting her body mass index at 16.24, anorexic by health standards.


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Mom locks toddler in room, goes out drinking


A Cumming mother accused of leaving her 2-year-old son home alone was out drinking at a sports bar, according to an arrest report obtained by Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office investigators have charged Stephanie Davis, 21, with child endangerment and reckless conduct after finding her son locked in a room of their Cumming home with no food or water.

“I think they should put her under the jail and throw away the key,” neighbor Wylina Wallace said. “She should never get that child back.”

Wallace told Petchenik she saw deputies arrive to Davis’ Boxer Lane home Friday afternoon. According to sheriff’s officials, deputies forced their way into the home after hearing the boy crying. When Petchenik went to the home Tuesday he could see children’s toys strewn across the lawn, trash bags piled up on the front porch of the home.

“The child was dressed in a dirty white T-shirt,” Forsyth Sheriff Ted Paxton said in a press release. “He had removed his diaper himself and it was on the floor, filled to overflowing with feces. The child had feces on his hands, feet and legs.”

According to investigators, Davis called her mother from the Roswell City Jail early Friday morning and told her the boy was being watched. Her mother, in turn, called Forsyth County to do a welfare check on the child.

Petchenik obtained a Roswell police report that said Davis was clocked going 87 mph in a 65 mph zone near Ga. 400 and Holcomb Bridge Road about 3 a.m. Friday morning.

“When he pulled her over there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle,” Officer Lisa Holland said.

The report said Davis admitted she’d been drinking beer at a sports bar. When officers took her blood alcohol level at the jail, it was 0.18, more than twice the legal driving limit.

Fulton County jail records indicate Davis remained there Tuesday afternoon under a $2,500 bond. Forsyth investigators said the 2-year-old boy was in DFACS custody.

“I understand you want to go out and party,” Wallace said. “Get a babysitter.”


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