I also had the fuschia Corvette and the barbie camper, and I remember zipping around both all over my house
Fast forward 30 years, and the Barbie camper & car made their way under my adult Christmas tree for my preschool daughter. Cleaned up by my dad after years of living in the attic, the vintage "Barbiemobiles" were in lovingly restored.
However, my daughter, always more of a tomboy, was never a fan of Barbies. Instead, her stuffed animals went tooling around our house in the Barbie camper. Barbie had been replaced in our house by my critter-lovin' girl.
|Polar Marine Biologist|
To read up more on Nalini Nadkarni's current venture with Mattel, check out these two articles:
- NPR's October 18, 2019's article "Tree Scientist Inspires Next Generation ... Through Barbie" (Be sure to listen to the 13 minute interview on the page)
- Washington Post's January 17, 2020 article "She started climbing trees as a kid. Then this ecologist helped create scientist Barbie."
Plus, don't forget to check out the Barbie Explore page on Mattel.com.
Or, watch Nalini's 2009 TED Talk to learn more about the inspiration for Conservation Barbie:
Video from https://www.ted.com/talks/nalini_nadkarni_conserving_the_canopy?language=en, Barbies from https://barbie.mattel.com/shop/en-us/ba/barbie-wildlife-conservationist-doll-gdm48, other pics from my camera.
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