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Barbie has been an iconic toy for more than 60 years, and now her most fabulous accessory can be available for real people to enjoy. A dreamy pink Malibu Dreamhouse is listed as available for rent as a way to commemorate the doll’s landmark anniversary. For just $60, you and four friends can spend the night living like a multi-hyphenate blonde with all the amenities you would expect her to enjoy.
The oceanside mansion is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom that is packed with luxurious decor, with many of them in pink, of course. This Dreamhouse has everything you can dream about and more. Check out the lavish details and consider a vacation that most little girls have dreamed about.
Not Just A Doll
One of the most top-selling toys of all time is the Barbie doll. American businesswoman Ruth Handler created the Barbie doll and named her after her daughter Barbara. The toy became an international sensation, and it was inspired by a German doll called Bild Lilli. She wanted children to have a lifelike figure for their play. The Barbie doll also is a fashion doll that is manufactured by the American toy company Mattel Inc.
As the figurehead for the doll brand, Barbie is known for her lavish lifestyle and various career opportunities. According to Mattel, Barbie has had over 200 inspirational careers with more STEM-related jobs in recent years. Her very first career was a teen fashion model.
Part of the appeal of playing with Barbie is dreaming up different lifelike scenarios for her and her friends. More than just a household name in the toy aisle, Barbie has had several accomplishments over the years. Some of her career highlights include a flight attendant, a tennis pro, a surgeon, a rock star, a paleontologist, a NASCAR driver, and an “American Idol” winner.
Barbie is known not just for her illustrious jill-of-all-trades resume. She is also famous for her fabulous accessories. The toy section is filled to the brim with various add-ons for children to add to their own imaginations. The possibilities are limitless when you play with Barbie!
Many of the accessories in Barbie’s universe reflect real-life accessories; only most are featured in brightly colored pink. Because it would not be a full-on Barbie experience without the fashion doll’s signature hue, which can be donned from head to toe.
And it is not just the big-ticket items. Mattel is one of the biggest clothing manufacturers in the world. Clothing has been sold with the dolls since the 1960s. Some of the Barbie costumes include blouses, dresses, ball gowns, wedding dresses, and, of course, high heeled shoes. The most popular Barbie of all time was the Totally Hair Barbie, which was released in 1992.
No job that Barbie has ever had or job she has ever held is more iconic than the Barbie Dreamhouse. It continues to be a hot-selling toy every holiday season. The NPD Group says it is the fourth fastest-selling toy. Did you know that the original Barbie Dreamhouse was made with cardboard and paper in 1962?
Children could fold it up and carry it with them everywhere they went. The make-believe mansion went through many transformations over the years as it became a multi-storied structure suitable for hours of play.
To commemorate Barbie’s 60th anniversary, Mattel rolled a series of special events throughout 2019. Special dolls were marketed and distributed to mark the occasion. A film director Barbie was voted in a poll, and the new doll will hit Target stores in 2020 to commemorate the milestone celebration.
Airbnb put up the listing, going all out in its promotion and citing Barbie as a verified host. The life-size, brick-and-mortar Dreamhouse overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and it includes tons of perks for Barbie and Barbie fans to enjoy. Guests were able to stay at the mansion during specific dates in October for $60 per night in the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home that is packed to the brim with all the extras that they could enjoy.
Those who booked a stay at the Barbie Dreamhouse Airbnb experience were able to find out how Barbie lives in style. Guests were able to participate in a meet-and-greet with hairstylist Jen Atkin and receive a makeover from Mane Addicts Creator Collective.
Because Barbie is a jane of all trades, the experience included opportunities to try new things. The extras were a one-on-one fencing lesson with Olympic fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, a cooking lesson with Gina Clarke-Hehm of Malibu Seaside Chef; and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Columbia Memorial Space Center with Jill Meyers, who works as both a pilot and engineer.
One of the special guests at the Dreamhouse is Ibtihaj Muhammad. She is an American sabre fencer and a member of the United States fencing team. She has been noted as the first Muslim American woman who wore a hijab while she competed for the US in the Olympics.
During the 2016 Olympics, Muhammad won the first qualifying round. She ended up earning the bronze medal as part of Team USA. “Fencing has taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of. I want to be an example for minority and Muslim youth that anything is possible with perseverance. I want them to know that nothing should ever hinder them from achieving their goals—not race, religion, or gender,” Muhammad said in 2011.
Ibtihaj Muhammad made history again in 2017 when Mattel introduced a Barbie in a hijab. The first fencing doll was rolled out, and the toy was modeled after Muhammad.
The company said the creation of the hijab Barbie was vital because it reinforces the belief that young girls and boys should be able to see themselves in the toys they play with. Studies show that when children can see themselves in the toys that they play with, they have more confidence and higher levels of self-esteem.
Jen Atkin is a hairstylist who has made over some of the most famous celebrities in the world. She is the owner of the OUAI hair care line, and she also founded the digital magazine ManeAddicts. She writes a column for Glamour Magazine.
Atkin began her career in Hollywood. Some of her clients have included Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessica Alba. She has been called “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World” by the New York Times, an incredible compliment that has helped her build her business empire on assisting women to feel better about themselves.
It makes sense that a hairstylist of Jen Atkin’s caliber would be the one to makeover the guests at the Barbie Dreamhouse. Her haircare line OUAI includes several curated and multi-use products and supplements “that work hand in hand to help women achieve hair health from the inside out.”
Atkin is a believer in helping her clients feel empowered by their looks. She says that kind of confidence can help women in other aspects of their life. “You’re always just one decision away from a completely different life,” Atkin says on her ManeAddicts site.
Guests at the Dreamhouse are also given the opportunity to cook with a renowned chef. The native Californian used to be a professional model, and while she was traveling all over the world, she got to try many different kinds of cuisines. She decided to bring those flavors to her favorite seaside dishes.
Clarke-Helm has built a pretty impressive culinary resume. She attended the French Epicurean School in Los Angeles and took specialty courses with Biuliano Bugialli. She also worked at Wolfgang Puck’s celebrity restaurant in Malibu.
Gina Clarke-Helm has cooked meals for movie stars, professional athletes, musicians, business people, and families throughout North America. She has described her second career as a chef as an enriching opportunity to help others.
“I understand the importance of a meal beyond the food but as an experience,” Clarke-Helm says on her website.
Along with cooking and hosting in style, guests at the Barbie Dreamhouse Airbnb will also experience a one-on-one lecture and tour from a real-life astronaut. Jill Meyers is an aerospace engineer for the Columbia Memorial Space Center.
The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a science museum that is both owned and operated by the City of Downey in California. It features hands-on activities and other special exhibits for the Los Angeles area.
Step inside the Barbie Dreamhouse, and it should come as no surprise that many of the added details in the Barbie Dreamhouse rental feature the iconic blonde’s favorite color. Airbnb said the home is a “larger-than-life recreation of Barbie’s signature style and hospitality.”
The defining features of the mansion are plenty of pink accents that range from painted walls and furniture. There is also a bright pink, oversized large radio speaker modeled after the popular toy version.
Hanging inside a massive walk-in closet are Barbie-style clothes – including several uniforms that catalog her fashions over the last 60 years. Styles include white cat-eye sunglasses, an astronaut suit, a striped bathing suit, and lots of high heels.
The must-have section of the real-life Barbie Dreamhouse is the walk-in closet. The space is jam-packed with life-sized clothes that the fashionista has worn over the past 60 years. Much of the options come from the many careers that Barbie has taken on, so the guests got the chance to dress up and pretend to be astronauts, firefighters, and many other professions while staying at the house.
Along with other massive extras within the mansion, the Barbie Dreamhouse has a pretty impressive kitchen for guests to enjoy all their meals in style. The fully stocked kitchen includes a large area to prepare their favorite culinary cuisines.
Because Barbie is the perfect host, there are more options to dine. In addition to the kitchen area, there is also an outdoor dining area to enjoy an ideal meal poolside. You can even finish the meal with a movie in the home cinema.
In addition to the indoor amenities, there are several places to relax and live your best life on the outside. Barbie has been involved in various sporting activities, so the mansion has the space to help its guests exercise.
The Dreamhouse includes a tennis court and an infinity pool so the visitors can enjoy a match on the pink-colored court or go for a quick dip after an afternoon in the lap of luxury.
Staying at the Dreamhouse is not only a dream come true, but it also helped fund the possibility of other goals to come to fruition. Proceeds from the vacation stay will go toward a good cause. The idea for this philanthropic work was created to help girls reach their full potential and unlock their dreams so that they could come true.
Research has shown that many girls begin developing thoughts of self-denial and limiting beliefs as young as five years old. This is referred to as the Dream Gap, and organizers want girls of all ages to believe in empowerment and that they can do anything.
Since the Barbie brand is internationally recognized, the Dream Gap plans to use the global platform and its resources to reach girls at a pivotal age and help them believe in themselves.
Barbie established the Dream Gap Project Fund in March 2019 with $250,000 in an effort to close the Dream Gap. This fall, the corporation donated the money to three organizations that are working to change the lives of girls all over the world.
One of the first organizations that will benefit from the new Barbie initiative is She’s The First. This organization aims to help girls around the world who are denied an education.
The group is comprised of ambitious students, educators, artists, and policymakers who are dedicated to funding 300 girls in various countries to receive equal opportunities in the classroom. The countries involved include Peru, Nepal, India, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia.
The purpose of She’s The First is to inspire more than 1,000 girls ages 5 to 11 years old to dream big with a curriculum and funding for programs, workshops, and demonstrations to encourage them to pursue futures beyond previous conceptions of becoming mothers, wives, or primary school teachers.
The project has raised more than $150,000 to date. According to She’s The First website, the mission is to not “stop fighting until every girl chooses her own future.”
Another organization to benefit from the Barbie initiative is She Should Run, a group that looks to encourage girls to consider careers in civic service and government. According to its website, She Should Run believes that girls should understand that they could become anything they want, even elected officials.
The nonpartisan nonprofit promotes women’s leadership to close the politician’s ambition gap. It inspires multi-generational conversations between girls and their caregivers so that the youth may see themselves serving their communities.
Funds raised for the She Should Run Campaign are used to build a curriculum that is designed for adults to talk about and practice activities with girls. The enrichment goals include helping girls explore their interest and curiosity in politics.
She Should also aims to help 2,500 girls between 5 and 12 years old develop skills to take risks, overcome fear, and have self-confidence. Girls are also encouraged to discover their inner leadership qualities and how to lead in their lives proactively. More than $50,000 has been raised to date.
The final organization to benefit from the Barbie initiative is Step Up. It is a multi-generational approach to creating role models in hopes of encouraging young girls to become “confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women.”
Step Up looks to host four “I Dream To…” Mentorship Conferences around the country. The sessions will pair mentors with teenage girls during the morning session. At the same time, the afternoon will be dedicated to allowing the teens to help elementary school-age girls at the conference.
Because women are underrepresented in many career fields, there are efforts to close the career gap and let young women know what they may be capable of. Step Up wants to help girls of all ages “build the foundation for turning dreams into reality through meaningful careers and legacies.”
Donations to Step Up go toward fostering relationships through the various conferences. To date, there has been more than $50,000 donated toward the Step Up cause.
Though the Barbie Dreamhouse on Airbnb experience may seem like just a dream vacation, the proceeds from the fantasy stay are going to be used to help foster the dreams of girls all around the world.
Although the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Malibu mansion may have only been available for a limited time, the memories of living like Barbie are sure to resonate for years to come. This proves that no one knows how to live in style and inspire others more than the iconic doll herself.