Today, Mattel released its new Presidential Election Barbie, a tradition it’s kept up for the last few election cycles. And once again we’re facing a presidential campaign in which Barbie was the only female “candidate” in the race. Sigh.
Between this — and pondering how much election Barbie reminds us of a certain someone already on the trail — we realized this isn’t the only one of Barbie’s gigs that hasn’t exactly been rooted in reality.
It’s not that we should completely rip on Barbie here. In an odd way, Barbie has been a bit of a pioneer, career-wise, over the years — if for no other reason than her ability to get jobs few living women of her time would be able to. She was an astronaut nearly two decades before Sally Ride’s first mission. She was a surgeon in 1973. This is great.
Yet sometimes, on the road to career advancement, Barbie’s taken some weird jobs. Or, more accurately, she’s taken some perfectly normal jobs and weirded them up big time.
Below, our list of Barbie’s 10 most bizarre career efforts.