In terms of pop culture, the Barbie movie dominated this year’s world cinema. Viewers of various generations who have an open space for Barbieland in their hearts enjoyed the movie; Albeit there are *certain individuals* who could not handle all the flair of pink power and walked out of the theater.
In bright pantones and satirical punchlines, the Barbie movie showed the historical truth of women in the real world. The truth that women are forced into ironic, contradicting, and unrealistic standards that are impossible to uphold. And this truth existed way before and beyond the invention of Barbie. Despite that there are those who refuse to believe, this truth exists because this was the reason why Barbie dolls were created in the first place–-to recognize that women are beyond being mothers, housewives, and nurturers. That women are capable of so much more.
The act of voicing and fighting for this truth is the flair of pink power that Barbie has.
Thankfully, this flair has existed and still exists in the real world. While the Barbie movie effectively relayed it through a fictional trope, there are hundreds of documentaries that can truthfully show the degree that women can burn to champion this.
In this list, see the power of our real-life Barbies and how they blazed the world with their flair:
1. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (2018)
IMDB Synopsis: An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the industry.
2. HE NAMED ME MALALA (2015)
IMDB Synopsis: A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai (youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) for speaking out on girls' education, followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
3. SAUDI WOMEN'S DRIVING SCHOOL (2019)
IMDB Synopsis: Saudi women embrace a new way of life and the freedom that comes from being behind the wheel when they are allowed to drive legally for the first time.
4. THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)
IMDB Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.
5. PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE (2018)
IMDB Synopsis: Indian women fight the stigma surrounding menstruation and begin manufacturing sanitary pads.
6. SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (2016)
IMDB Synopsis: Sunday Beauty Queen is a real-life Cinderella tale of a Filipina house helper who dreams of being a Beauty Queen in Hong Kong.
7. MISS REPRESENTATION (2011)
IMDB Synopsis: Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.
8. WITH THIS LIGHT (2023)
IMDB Synopsis: For over 70 years, Sister Maria Rosa Leggol helped over 87,000 Honduran children escape poverty and fortified her legacy as an activist and visionary. Her work continues with Maria and Rosa, two teens in her programs fighting to create their own lives.
The world will forever change. This is an inevitable force. However, it is catalysts like the women mentioned above that ensure that it changes in equality, inclusivity, and empowerment.
May movies like Barbie and With This Light keep the flair of pink power glowing, burning, and blazing.