Can’t get enough of RuPaul’s Drag Race? Lucky for you, not only has the Emmy-nominated series spawned a string of spinoffs, but also plenty of Ru Girls are offering new content online. Among them is comedy queen, Trixie Mattel, who not only likes to watch but also has been doing unboxing videos on Youtube.
Unboxing videos have become a vid-maker staple, with collectors showing off their latest acquisitions, soft-spoken ladies cooing over toys, or kiddos going hard for those trash-making nightmare dolls. Maybe none of these takes on the unboxing video was quite your speed, so I offer you a taste of Trixie Mattel.
As Trixie’s drag persona has big Barbie energy, she’s naturally unboxing the Mattel diva in this vid. For those not in the know, The Barbie Color Reveal Dolls are blind box dolls that come covered in pink paint with packets of mystery accessories, including a skirt, shoes, and wig. However, Trixie’s playtime is peppered with drag lingo, so this video may not be safe for all ages.
As a child-free woman, I do not need these dolls. But watching Trixie play with them in this charming activity with a gag-worthy Ruveal has me like…do I need these dolls? Honestly, the fact that these gorgeous Barbies have solid short hair looks is enough to make me a bit envious. Kiddo Kristy would have killed for a Barbie with a pixie cut that didn’t look like a poor hacked DIY job. (Life Lesson: Do not cut hair—yours or Barbie’s—with child-safe scissors.)
If boundary-pushing dolls are of interest to you, you’ll want to see the Creatable World video Trixie mentions. In it, she unboxes four of the characters in this progressive line that bucks gender norms. Each doll comes with a short hair look, a wig, and an array of clothing that can allow for a variety of outfits that reject the gender binary.
Trixie not only digs into the dolls, but also considers how they might shape the future of child play and playthings.
As kids, a lot of us made due with what we had, trying to shape our dolls to look like our fantasies. Not only did we give Barbie bad haircuts in hopes of carving out our own idea of beauty, but also we put together unusual outfits and sometimes made our own to create the world we imagined. Now, Mattel’s giving kids (and grown-ups who never got over Barbie) new tools to take ownership over doll creation, and in ways that are breaking down the damaging confines of gender performance. The implied acceptance of such a toy can be such a gift. Also, I’m obsessed with Trixie’s wig and may need to buy a bunch of Barbie’s for a decapitation fascinator.
For more of Trixie’s thoughts on Barbie, check out her Decade Of Dolls video series.
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