Barbie Gets a Victorian Punk Look

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Beyonce's stylist, Marni Senofonte, has been working with Barbie. Senofonte references the Barbie Fashionistas line, a range of dolls offered in four varying body types (original, curvy, tall, and petite) and a multitude of skin tones and hairstyles.

“When I saw all of these shapes and sizes—that alone was the inspiration. We have so many different sized women, and it’s like—especially the bigger women, they always feel like there’s nothing that fits them or makes them look cute. It was just so important to me with the Barbie collection to show a curvy woman or a shorter woman that it’s all possible.” 

"Born to an independent, entrepreneurial woman, and having built a career working with some of the most important female architects of pop culture, Barbie's 'I can do anything and be anything' spirit has always been inside of me," said Senofonte. 

The looks, which aren't for sale but were made for promotional purposes and released on Barbie's Instagram account, incorporate Senofonte's statement-making aesthetic, from a denim cape paired with a mini skirt and over-the-knee socks to a turtleneck crop top with wide-legged jeans that expose fishnet tights underneath.

"To me, denim has always been America's fabric, durable enough to build a young nation. I like twisting up the functionality of something ordinarily rendered for practicality and turning it into something whimsical and luxurious," Senofonte explained. "Denim transcends its stereotype, which is why I use it so often in styling — it is masculine and feminine, as well as being both compliant and rebellious!"

The stylist noted that she was influenced by Victorian Punk for the overall vibe.

"Victorian punk was brewing inside of me since I wrapped the costumes for The Formation World Tour and the Lemonade project, both of which were heavily influenced by Antebellum/Victorian dress," she said. "I guess the nonconformist in me naturally manifested Victorian into Victorian punk and Barbie wears it well!"