Posted February 12, 2014

At 55, Barbie makes history as Swimsuit’s first Rookie–Legend

But we're not buying her "no plastic surgery" claim

Rookies, Uncategorized, Video

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She was born Barbara Millicent Roberts in a tiny town in Wisconsin, and with those sparkling blue eyes and that Pantene Girl mane she could easily have made a solid living in sticking with her first job, “Teenage Fashion Model.” But this dreamer had another career  in mind—all of them—and so over the past 55 years Barbie has tried her tiny plastic hand at over 130 different careers.

Something about how Barbie used her modeling career as a launching pad for bigger things struck a chord with us at Swimsuit. Though we have yet to see one of our own run for president, scores of Swimsuit alum have gone on to launch business empires, acting careers, fashion lines, media production companies and other kinds of ventures. It felt natural, then, for us to reach out to the legend and ask her to help us celebrate our landmark issue by shimmying back into that iconic chevron swimsuit to star in her own Swimsuit 2014 photo shoot with legend-in-his-own-right Walter Iooss.

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Below’s video has exclusive behind the scenes footage from this first-of-its-kind shoot, which went off without a hitch—not even a lost shoe. To watch it is to witness two masters of their craft making Swimsuit history. 

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Stay tuned next week for another BTS video from our epic Legends shoot, in which Barbie takes on her newest career venture: art director.

5 comments
JanetGelwicks
JanetGelwicks

Can you buy a copy of the Barbie on front cover issue magazine?

GregSutphin
GregSutphin

I loved it, I know they are trying to be funny.  All you haters need to get a life and a sense of humor!!!!!!

Robertjon
Robertjon

@JonathanFox    Jonathan..... you gotta lighten up........lol.... I thought it was great .... do you have any  children or better yet grand children... Have you ever tried to shoot a doll?? Actually its fun.... now some of the looks I get when doing so are even more fun and it puts a smile on someone elses face other than your own... Try it ..... set your grown up manly hood aside. It took a lot to pull one over on my 3 year old grand daughter trying to convince her Pink Barbie is magical and goes life size only with me Grandpa Moose... I carry one with me most the time even skiing .... pose Barbie on the slope and make it look like shes skiing with every one else then post it on her facebook....... she loves it ..... I took a  2700 mile trip brought Pink Barbie with and had her pose at different landmarks even Sturgis..... man dont ever loose your child hood imagination....cause your gonna need it when your old or your gonna be one cranky old sob.... enjoy life put a smile on someone elses face !!

Robert     Great Job Guys !!

JonathanFox
JonathanFox

This is a stupid Barbie video. The photographers acting like there real people. Very stupid and ridiculous idea.

GregSutphin
GregSutphin

@JonathanFoxi used to set up entire city scenes with my hotwheels, my g.i. joes,,,they fought my star wars men, its for fun,,,i bet ur childhood was miserable as hell wasnt it?get a sense of humor!