Vancouver-based photographer Hayden Wood has found a new look for the iconic doll in his fashion photo series known as Living Dolls. It may not be the real Barbie, as manufactured by Mattel, but it certainly is inspired by the blonde toy figure, who is accompanied by her fictional male counterpart, Ken.
Barbie has undergone several looks from Malibu Barbie, fashioning swimsuits and summer wear, to Holiday Barbie, ornamented in puffy gowns. We’ve even seen her and Ken range in professions, and yet Wood’s re-imagining of them is something new and previously unseen from the wholesome line of dolls. There’s a modelesque edge to the series as created by the photo manipulation skills of the New Zealand native photographer with the aid of stylist Meagan Therese Squire. If there was only one word to describe this series of Barbie, it would probably be Attitude.