“I Can Be…” Barbie Giveaway

Little Girls and Barbies…

Fingers combing, clothes changing, stories telling…


Play Time

I love to watch my daughter play with dolls. I love to see her role play and story tell. I love to see her little fingers and her growing imagination at work.

barbie-playingThe other day, when a package arrived with some review samples of the new Barbie® I Can Be…™ line, Olivia squealed with delight and then plunked down on the floor and started to play.

The two dolls Olivia “reviewed” were the new Barbie® I Can Be…™ Pet Vet and the Barbie® I Can Be…™ Rock Star. Both dressed in pink of course.

Olivia combed their hair. (Actually even I combed Barbie’s hair — there is something relaxing about combing Barbie’s hair…)

She made them “talk” and interact. The Veterinarian Barbie tended to the little dog that accompanied the Barbie, giving the puppy shots and a check up. The Rock Star Barbie played her guitar and used her microphone headset.

And then Olivia reinvented them. Who says a vet can’t ALSO be a rock star, right? Toddler fingers tugged at the tiny clothes, changing up the Barbie’s looks. (Because changing her clothes is as important as combing Barbie’s hair!)

Barbie as a Role Model?

I hadn’t really thought much about the role Barbie plays in a girl’s interpretation of what careers a woman can pursue. To be honest, as an adult I was always a bit ticked about her unrealistic body shape.

Astronaut-(1965)-220pixBut when I read about all the different careers and roles Barbie has played over the years — Barbie has had 125 careers! — I was pleased to see that Barbie has been fighting the woman’s liberation movement in her own fashionable way!

“For more than 50 years Barbie has served as a reflection of fashion, culture and aspiration to girls of all ages. Barbie inspires girls to try on different careers, encouraging them to play out their dreams and explore the world and all of its possibilities,” said Stephanie Cota, Senior Vice President, Barbie Marketing. “We believe role-playing with Barbie leads to real life opportunities and are very proud to partner with organizations who continue to inspire girls and women with the belief and confidence that they can do anything.”

Yes, Barbie has been getting girls to dream brand new dreams…

  • In the 1960’s, Astronaut Barbie went to space four years before man walked on the moon.
  • In the 80s, she took to the boardroom as “Day to Night™” CEO Barbie®, just as women began to break into the C-suite
  • In the 90s, she ran for President, before any female candidate ever made it onto the presidential ballot.
  • In 2010, Barbie® doll continues to take on aspirational and culturally relevant careers with the introduction of I Can Be™… a Rock Star, Pet Vet, Newborn Baby Doctor, Dentist, Race Car Driver, Babysitter, Snowboarder, Ballroom Dancer, Preschool Teacher, Ballerina and Pizza Chef.

Barbie® “I Can Be™…” Campaign

To celebrating her 125th career this year, Barbie kicked off 2010 with a global campaign to further inspire girls by partnering with The White House Project, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation and her list of the “10 Women to Watch in 2010.”

As a part of the initiative, the women from the list were paired with a girl – selected via contest write-in’s on Barbie.com – to be mentored in the environment of the mentee. Rachel Roy, fashion designer, mentored a girl at a show room and showed her how she makes clothes, while Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler took a girl on the slopes for one-on-one lessons.

Here is a video clip of Rachel Roy’s mentoring session:

To see more about the mentoring program, check out all the mentoring videos.

Barbie fans can also find Barbie® on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Enter to Win

We have 3 sets of two I Can Be™ Barbie dolls to giveaway. Just leave a comment below to enter. Feel free to share with us your favorite Barbie® memory.
This giveaway will close on Friday, July 30th. We will announce our winners on Saturday, July 31st. This giveaway is open to both US & Canadian residents and is void where prohibited. Please see our site’s terms and conditions of use for more information.


  1. rachel crisman says

    I would love to win this doll for my niece!! I got a Peaches and Cream Barbie for Christmas one year and it was so special to me.I loved her and thought she was the best Barbie ever!!! I also had the Heart Family which I got passed down to me from my older sister.Barbie rocks!

  2. says

    I have been a fan of Barbie since I was a little girl. I have a huge tub stored away of many of my Barbies from my childhood. My BFF and I used to use the old LP’s that opened up as walls for our homes. Roller skates for our cars. And hand towels for our furniture. We rather rather creative. I also have a box of Barbie’s still in their original boxes that I have been collecting for years. I would love to add to my collection.

  3. says

    My favourite Barbie memory has got to be learning how to sew. I wanted to expand Barbie’s wardrobe (well, my three Barbies, all named after the original Charlie’s Angels natch). This inspiration to sew has led me to a huge interest in style and fashion and sewing and crafting. I just made my daughter some more sleeping bags for her Barbie camper, which I ALWAYS wanted as a girl. My little peanut would probably want to be Veterinarian Barbie. :-) Thanks for the great contest.

  4. says

    As a child of the early 60’s, I had one of the first Barbies issued. Along with real-hair burr-haircut Ken. Who was rendered bald after my baby brother teethed on his head.

    I’ve passed on my Barbie loving tradition to my girls. And speaking of which, the 8 year old wore a Barbie strapped to her head at dinner. I wish I were kidding.

  5. Carrie Ketting-Olivier says

    I would love to win for my little girl! I loved Barbies when I was little and still like to make clothes for them.

  6. maria says

    We were too poor to be able to afford a Barbie so one Christmas the neighbours bought one each for me and my sister. Those were the only ones we ever had but we were super happy and played with them all the time. Now i would love to win this for my niece!

  7. sandy says

    My fave memory is cutting their hair! I ended up ruining it but i thought it would be fun to play hairdresser!

  8. angela says

    My mom’s friend gave me an old Barbie she had as a child, it was one of the first ones to come out the 1950’s Barbie, i think it was. I don’t have it anymore as stuff got lost during moving but i would have loved to pass it down to my daughter.

  9. says

    I would love to win this for my daughter. She is a Barbie girl!

    When I was a kid, Barbies were my favorites. I even had a skipper with the long hair and surfboard. So cool! And the Jeep. My Barbies rode in style!

    My favorite Barbie wasn’t one that I owned….it was my mother’s. She had kept her favorite Barbie from the 50’s! It was in this cool carrying case that doubled as a wardrobe and held three of the coolest outfits. One was a drum majorette complete with tasseled boots, hat, and baton! The other was a normal everyday outfit (it was cute) and the third was a beautiful ball gown. I loved that Barbie! Every once in a while my mother would pull it down from the tall shelf and let me play with it. That was the best Barbie moment of all!

  10. says

    My sisters and I loved playing with Barbie’s when we were little. We’d put all our things together and create big stories about our dolls. And it was even better when my mom pulled out her really old Barbie and let us play with that one to.

  11. says

    I loved my Barbies! I had a wardrobe for all the clothes and a horse. I had mine a looong time ago…back in the 60’s! Wish I still them.

  12. LuAnn says

    I saved many of my Barbies and now my daughter plays with them. She wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up. She is always changing around the fashions, mixing different pieces.

  13. says

    Oh, I have so many Barbie memories! My favorite part of getting a new Barbie was probably the way the doll smelled — that new plastic smell — the perfect hair and clothes, not played with yet! It was so exciting!

    Thanks for the chance!
    musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Casey says

    As a kid I hated dolls of all types. To me they were made to be tortured in the back yard. :-). As an adult, I had the same reaction as you to the unrealistic body shape. I did not plan to ever introduce my 3 year old daughter to Barbie, but she got one as a present. She loves the Barbie, and sleeps with her. And I don’t think it has anything to do with the fact that Barbie is the doll that I allow her to cut the hair (she’s now a short haired Barbie). My girl would love another Barbie, and I would love that it’s career oriented, not wearing a bathing suit. Thanks!

  15. Amber Smith says

    I loved my barbie dolls when I was a little girl. I remember taking them everwhere I went :) Thanks for the chance to win for my daughter

  16. says

    I grew up with Barbie dolls and so did my daughter. Now it’s my grand daughter’s turn. She’ll be 4-years old in December so its time for a Barbie Doll Christmas!

  17. says

    My daughter love Barbie and has been wanting the I Can Be A Rockstar doll. I’d love to win this for her. I like the idea of introducing kids to the many possibilities that life has to offer and fostering the idea that they can do anything they set their minds to.


  18. says

    My most memorable barbie moment was when I cut all her hair off being a hairdresser and then HONESTLY thought coating her hair with whiteout would make it grow back.
    {How embarrassing}

  19. irishcharmed1 says

    I loved playing with Barbies when I was a child. So many hours of entertainment. Would like to win this for my niece. Thanks

  20. says

    I LOVED playing Barbie dolls as a child. I was so excited to recently realize my mom still had them in fact!! I thought they were long gone. My daughter has a couple Princess dolls that are basically Barbies and she loves those.

  21. Ruth Hill says

    Barbies were a part of my life all the way up through high school. Sounds funny, I know, but I had quite a fantasy going with them in my very own Barbietown U.S.A. I was proud of the fact that I had 5 Ken dolls, and I had too many Barbies and other Barbies to count. I remember how sad I was the day I decided it was all over. My daughter does not play with them .like I did, but she does enjoy them. Enter me please!

  22. says

    Evan as an adult, the pleasure of playing with a doll either to redress her or to comb her hair has not gone away! I love recreating the dolls and giving them personalities! Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Linda Kish says

    In 1960 my divorced parents each bought me a Barbie. My blond mom got the the blond and my dark haired dad got me the brunette. I also got the entire trousseau. When I moved across country the next year, they disappeared!!

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  24. Jaimie K says

    I would love to win this for my almost 4 year old’s birthday coming up. She’s been asking for a Barbie since her one and only got chewed by the dog. (PS–I told her not to leave it outside…)
    Me and my sister dressed and redressed and redressed….barbies! We even “sewed” clothes for them by hand with mom’s fabric scraps. Fun!

  25. Vickie Couturier says

    my best Barbie memory was when I was 8 yrs old an got the bubble head barbie,the legs were straight an didnt bend,this was in the 60’s an now im getting Barbies for my grandaughters!

  26. Danielle Meek says

    I would love to win a barbie for my 4 year old niece.. I used to love barbie when I was a little girl and shes starting to follow in her aunties footsteps :)

  27. says

    my daughter and I were just in NY City and she fell in love with the Statue of Liberty Barbie. They actually have a huge Barbie Around the World Display at Ellis Island – very informative.

  28. says

    I never had a barbie but I sure made up for it by getting them for my daughter when she was little. Naturally, I got to play with them right along with my daughter. LOL

  29. says

    I loved playing with Barbies when I was young. My aunt was only 6 years older than me, so she often played with me. One day, she gave me her entire collection. It was the happiest day of my life.

    Today, my daughter is just as fascinated with Barbies. The shoes still challenge her (heck, they challenge me!), but she’s finally mastered changing their clothes. I love watching her roleplaying through her dolls.

  30. says

    my favorite barbie memory was my dad buying me a big barbie house that had a elevator and everything. My favorite! I had over 200 barbies as a kid. I would love to share these with my daughters.

  31. says

    WOW! I miss Barbie! I remembered when I bought one from the flea market and was set to pass it down to my children (whenever I had them)…but turned out my nieces got ahold of them…so they beheaded them…sad…I know…but I still wished I held on to them…

    <33 Rena

  32. Angela C. says

    I enjoyed Barbies growing up and now both of my daughters love to play with Barbie dolls. I would love to win these for them. Thanks for the giveaway!

    accoupons at gmail dot com

  33. melissa n says

    me and my sister would dedicate her room to “barbie-ville” and set up the houses and such, and playf or an entire week! barbies were such a hug part of our chidhood, and i’ thrilled my niece is starting to liek them.

  34. Jessica T says

    I remember playing with my barbie’s hair growing up . . . and then the inevitable – giving Barbie a hair cut and getting in so much trouble! At least I didn’t cut my own hair like my daugther did! She’d love this prize

  35. says

    I’m a HUGE Barbie fanatic. At one point before my parents divorced and I had to donate the majority of my dolls, I had 100 Barbie’s. I used to give them haircuts, if I had 2 of the same I they were twin sisters, and I even acted out “Three’s Company” episodes with a brunette Barbie, a blonde Barbie, and a Ken doll.

    • ShaRhonda says

      My favorite Barbie memory was getting my Dream House from Santa. I played so many endless hours w/ that house. Do they even make it anymore?

  36. Lesli C says

    I’ve always loved Barbie! Hours upon hours with Barbies and shoebox houses! Great times! I think thats one of the first things I thought when I found out I was having girls! “Yay! I get to play Barbie with them!” lol! ! I love this giveaway!!

  37. says

    I love Barbies. I have two girls 10 and 3 and love to play with them. Best part of being a mom is you don’t have to completely grow up. When I was a kid my friends and I would turn the whole house into Barbie land.

    Setting up a department store for Barbie, a Drive In, a Restaurant for Ken to take her to and of course a huge house. The careers she held reflected what our parents did.

    My Barbie worked in the department store as a beauty consultant like my mom, and Ken was in the Air Force always away on a flight, and then we had a stay at home mom who also ran a daycare, and many more careers.

    Barbie was a great experience for me to escape into Barbie land for hours making up different stories.

    Now I get to watch my girls enjoy making their own Barbie land and listen to their stories.

    Great giveaway. Thanks

  38. elund323 says

    I remember having a Barbie that came with special decals, like tattoos almost. You would place the decals on the Barbie, place Barbie in the sun, and then peel off the decals. Barbies “skin” would be white where the decals were.

  39. Heather E says

    I loved playing with my barbies as a kid and now that my 3 year old is starting to play with them I feel like a kid all over again!!!! I think it’s almost better as the parent though, seeing everything through your kids eyes is like magic.

  40. Marie says

    I loved my Barbies when I was growing up — I played with them a lot. When I got older I packed some of them away and when my daughter was old enough I passed them on to her. Now she is a big Barbie fan :-) We enjoy playing with them together — it’s still a lot of fun!

  41. says

    I am dating myself, of course, but I had the 1976 Olympics Barbie when I was a kid. I remember fondly her red, white and blue striped swimsuit, her gold medal that hung around her neck, and her yellow terry cloth beach towel. Of course, what I most enjoyed was dressing her up in my really fancy Barbie clothes wedding dress and veil.

  42. aparna says

    My daughter is just crazy about babies I this these would be perfect for her birthday.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Heather S says

    I have four sisters, so we grew up playing Barbies together! I would love to win one of these for my daughter, she would just adore it!

  44. Kay M. says

    My father bought me the first Barbie I ever had, one of the first ever made, with the plastic eyelashes and short black curly hair. I loved that doll! I used to play “Barbies” with the girl across the street, and now, I play “Barbies” with my granddaughter! This would be a lovely gift for her.

  45. joyce proctor says

    I loved my Barbie Dolls! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy playing with them! My friends and I spent hours dressing and undressing those dolls. We had every accessory but my favorites were the Barbie Camper, the Corvette, and the scooter!

  46. Dena says

    I remember playing for hours with my Barbies and waking up one morning to find the three story Barbie house in my bedroom.

  47. Dee says

    I used to love watching my daughter play with her Barbies and now I enjoy watching my granddaughters play with theirs.

  48. Linda M says

    I’m afraid that my age has to admit that I had an original Barbie. With the curly bangs & all. I did take her ponytail out which really ruined her value, but my Grandmother made all her clothes & for that I’ll never get rid of her………………and oh,did I mention I have three Grand daughters………..LOL……..

  49. Steph says

    I never had Barbies as a kid. I think my daughter would enjoy them, so of course, I would love to win!

  50. Tennille says

    I still have my mom’s Barbie that I loved to death as a girl-so not a collectable but priceless all the same!

  51. says

    My favorite Barbie memory is getting to play with my best friend Tammy and her “seemingly” 1000s of Barbie dolls… including Ken, a Barbie house, a Barbie car and lots of other things that I didn’t ever have in my own “collection.”

  52. ShaRhonda says

    My favorite memory was playing w/ my Dream House from Santa. I played so many endless hours w/ that house. Do they even make it anymore?

  53. says

    I remember playing Barbies with my mom when I was little. I was the only “girly-girl” in the family, so I loved having that special time with her!

  54. Junglewife says

    I think I played Barbies longer than the average kid… I remember getting a Barbie for Christmas when I was in middle school! But I just loved dressing them up, playing house with them, and letting my imagination run wile.

  55. Ashley R says

    How fun is this!!!! I would LOVE to win, of course! Growing up I would play with my Barbies all day, changing their outfits. I know a little girl in my life I would give this too! Thanks!

  56. says

    I loved playing with Barbies as a kid! My favorite memory of Barbie is when my best friend and I put on a HUGE Barbie Luau.
    My daughter turns 4 years old in two weeks and I can’t wait to start her Barbie fun when I give her Barbies for her birthday!

  57. says

    I remember playing with Barbies when I was younger and taking boxes to create full on houses and cities for my Barbies. I had so much fun creating stories and now I can see the same fun and imagination I had starting with my girls!

  58. says

    I enjoyed playing with Barbies as a child, but I’m enjoying watching my own daughters play with them even more. My aunt gave them her collection of vintage Barbie dolls, clothes, and accessories (including friends that aren’t around anymore like Skipper, Skooter, Midge, and Ricky) and they will play with them for hours. Now I’m delving into sewing clothes for them, but they’re so darn tiny.

  59. says

    I think I’m into Barbie NOW more than I was as a kid. I’ve got 2 girls and we probably have every Barbie movie ever made, which means my girls see a new Barbie and fall in love instantly. I do, too, I must admit. I remember loving my Little Mermaid Barbie as a kid, and so now we own all of the Disney Princess Barbies and I love when my girls play with them. I guess I’m just reliving my childhood vicariously through them.

  60. nan lara says

    oh i loved barbie as a kid, thanks for the chance//i’d get so excited when i got a new outfit

    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  61. Beth C says

    I’ve always loved Barbie and now my little granddaughter likes her too! She would be thrilled to win a new Barbie.

  62. Kat K says

    I remember a rope stretched across the corner of our yard and an old thin green blanket laid across the top. It had some holes, so the sun poked its rays through here and there.
    Another blanket was placed on the grass underneath and my sister (22mos younger) and I sat and played with our Barbies.
    We each had the one with the 3 interchangeable wigs, blond, brunette and redhead. I had a Ken cause I was older. lol
    Some clothes were handmade, some store bought. Shoe boxes were beds and a round blue metal tray was a swimming pool.
    We used our imagination…it was fun every day.
    P.S. I never could get those tiny shoes to stay on…….

  63. Wendy M says

    I would love to win this for my 3 nieces. As a mom of boys, I love being able to give girly gifts to them.

  64. Ashlee S says

    My daughter loves barbies. They are her favorite toys and I like getting the career ones for her because they seem to have more educational value. Every night I put all the barbies away and brush thier hair because yes it is very relaxing! Thanks for a chance to win

  65. Gale Starnes says

    my best barbie memory was finally receiving the beloved dream house. my sister and i were the 2 happiest little girls ever!! i really had prayed (yes, i really did)…i was so majorly obsessed with having one!!! It was so perfect!! We spent hours and days making up adventures for the inhaitants of that house! What fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. Laura Dickson says

    My little girl plays with barbies all the time shes an only child so these are her friends. She also designs clothes for them out of napkins and then tiedyes them with markers for a new look for her barbies.

  67. Jessica Cook says

    I love Barbie. My daughter is 3.5 and has started to get into them. I forgot how much I loved them. They are so fun.

  68. Karen S. says

    I still love Barbie. I remember playing for hours with my Barbie dreamhouse. The best part about Barbie are all of the outfits!

  69. Kristen Eby says

    my fave memories is fixing up her dreamhouse and having fashion shows/pagents, with my Barbies…now that my daughter has inherited them, I look forward to many new memories

  70. Nancye Davis says

    I have always loved Barbies! My daughter also loves Barbies which gives me the perfect excuse to be a kid again! She got the Barbie Dream House last year for Christmas so I get to have even more fun!! I can remember having the “Growing Up Skipper” you turned her arm and she got taller and her chest got bigger too! Lots of fun! Too bad her head fell off! (I actually cried for days!) I would LOVE to win these Barbies for my daughter. I know she’ll have tons of fun! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  71. says

    I love that we can empower girls and Barbie is the perfect way to do so! I remember playing for hours with my Barbie! Changing outfits and loving all the fun assortment of shoes and purses! My brothers teasing me ,3 big brothers do that!!
    Thanks for the chance

  72. says

    I loved playing with Barbies as a little girl. Combing their hair and changing their clothes were some favorite pasttimes. I love that Barbie can do and be anything!!

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