When we think of Mattel’s Barbie dolls, we often associate them with fashion, beauty, and a world of imagination. However, Barbie has evolved over the years to reflect the changing aspirations and goals of girls, women, and men around the world. Beyond her iconic style, Barbie has donned many different professional outfits, showcasing a wide range of career options.
You can find new career inspiration anywhere, including Greta Gerwid’s new July 2023 movie, Barbie, where Barbie (Margo Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) take on a “real world” adventure. There is a huge supporting cast of big name actors that we can not only be entertained by, but find career inspiration through, each representing a unique and empowering profession.
Margo Robbie (Barbie) and Ryan Gosling (Ken). Barbie Warner Bros.
Barbie profession: Writer
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Alexandra Shipp’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Gymnast
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Kate McKinnon’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
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Barbie profession: Judge
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Ana Cruz Kayne Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Journalist
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Ritu Arya’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Diplomat
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Nicola Coughlan’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Doctor
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Hari Nefl’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Lawyer
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Sharon Rooney’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: President
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Issa Rae’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Physicist
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Emma Mackey’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: CEO of the toy company
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Will Ferrell’s Barbie Movie Character. Warner Bros
Barbie profession: Narrator
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Barbie dolls have been displayed as many other roles too including:
Barbie as an Engineer:
Barbie's portrayal as an engineer breaks stereotypes and encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By promoting problem-solving skills, creativity, and innovation, Barbie as an engineer opens up a world of possibilities in fields such as robotics, computer science, and aerospace engineering.
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Barbie as an Astronaut:
Barbie's journey to outer space as an astronaut highlights the wonders of space exploration and encourages young girls to reach for the stars. By embracing curiosity, determination, and a thirst for knowledge, Barbie as an astronaut paves the way for future female scientists, astronomers, and astronauts, reminding us that the sky is not the limit.
Barbie as an Entrepreneur:
Barbie's entrepreneurial spirit reflects the growing trend of women entering the world of business. As a businesswoman, Barbie embodies leadership, creativity, and resilience. Through her various business ventures, she inspires young girls to follow their dreams and pursue careers in entrepreneurship, management, and marketing.
Barbie as a Teacher:
Barbie's role as a teacher emphasizes the importance of education and the power of imparting knowledge. By nurturing young minds, Barbie showcases the qualities of patience, adaptability, and a passion for learning. This character can inspire future educators, professors, and mentors who shape the next generation.
Barbie as an Environmentalist:
In recent years, Barbie has taken on the role of an environmentalist, promoting sustainability and ecological awareness. This character highlights the urgent need to protect our planet and encourages young girls to explore careers in environmental science, conservation, and renewable energy.
Barbie dolls have come a long way from being solely fashion icons. They now represent a diverse range of empowering careers, breaking down stereotypes and inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams. By portraying Barbie in various professional roles, Mattel has created an opportunity for girls to imagine themselves as doctors, engineers, astronauts, entrepreneurs, teachers, environmentalists, and beyond. These dolls serve as reminders that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, regardless of gender or societal expectations.
If you plan to watch the Barbie movie or even the next time you come across a Barbie doll, take a moment to reflect on the diverse career paths it represents. Let these characters spark your imagination, fuel your aspirations, and empower you to explore the vast world of opportunities that await. Remember, just like Barbie, you have the potential to make a significant impact in any field you choose.