Trophy Wife Barbie


In her Trophy Wife Barbie series, South-African conceptual artist Annelies Hofmeyr explores gender issues and the modern female identity while highlighting the limitations of labels. Dolls are non-threatening and allow us to project our feelings and ideas onto them, thus using iconic Barbie imagery makes it easier to talk about challenging topics and circumvent censorship, especially on social media.

“The intention with incorporating marginalized communities in everyday scenarios is to invite people to consider what might happen if we focus on the things we have in common, rather than fear the things that make us different. Being represented, even in doll form, has a tremendously affirming ability and provides an opportunity for connection, something everyone craves.”
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