In a new advertising campaign, Barbie® is promoting its newest doll, a collaboration with fashion house Moschino. For the most part, everything looks the same: very pink, very fashionable and very Barbie®. One thing stands out very clearly from every other Barbie® ad ever made: the featured child playing with Barbie® is a boy.
This is the first time in the 56 years of the Barbie® brand that a boy has ever been in an advertising campaign. Although he is featured alongside two girls, the boy is the face of the entire campaign. His face is the one featured on the Moschino Instagram, earning 15.4 thousand likes on the social media app.
In the advertisement, the boy hands Barbie® her doll-sized Moschino bag and proclaims that “Moschino Barbie® is SO fierce” before winking at the camera.
The limited edition dolls sold out in under an hour and are being sold online through second-party retailers for upwards of $300. Much of the doll’s success is being credited towards the diversity of the advertisement. Since the ad first premiered there has been an overwhelmingly strong social media response.
Check out the full Moschino Barbie® advertisement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TULVRlpsNWo