In the lead up to the Barbie movie, the world began to open up to femininity and have some fun with it. There were the poster remakes, the memes, the plans for dressing up in all pink for the theatre. It felt like a dream. It was a celebration of what had always been ridiculed – a celebration of girlhood.
The Barbie movie, no matter your opinion of its quality, opened up a world where women could rediscover their connection to their girlhood. Women had the opportunity to fall in love with their identity all over again, or perhaps even for the first time.
Now, everybody defines what means to be a woman differently. Is it actively pushing back against sexism? The feeling of solidarity and community with the women we know and the ones we have not yet met – the inside jokes and common experiences shared with girls and women all around the world? Or is it simply existing? We stay true to our own identities as women, and our girlhoods are as different and diverse as our individual lives.
Barbie contributed to the shift in the perception of womanhood and created an opportunity to connect with it more. It allowed us to rediscover girlhood through newer and fresher perspectives, to reconnect with what we loved as little girls and be unapologetically girly, feminine and happy.
Whether it’s gaining your love for the colour pink back, starting to get comfortable wearing skirts, dresses or heels, or even just rediscovering that one girlish hobby you dropped wasn't actually silly at all...
It’s time to reconnect with the girl you used to be, to be happy about the little things that bring a smile to your face without care.