With Greta Gerwig's Barbie hitting theatres next month, Margot Robbie has been booked and busy. The Oscar nominee is playing the title role in Gerwig's summer flick, and has been upping her style game to resonate the iconic doll.
Although this film is set to be the blockbuster of the summer, Margot has taken her interviews as an opportunity to discuss some of the controversies surrounding her character. Parents have been complaining about the doll since its origin in 1959, for reasons including gender stereotyping and body shape. Gerwig and Robbie hope to combat those ideas during the Barbie film, finally turning her into a fully realized character.
From country themed attire to all pink glitz, Robbie has graced the covers of multiple magazines to promote her upcoming role. Most recently, Margot took the world by storm by appearing on the cover of Vogue, giving viewers a taste of what is to come when Barbie premieres July 21st.
Margot has welcomed her role as the hyper-feminine doll, wearing a pink satin Versace dress adorned with flowers. Robbie not only took her feature in the magazine as a chance to promote her upcoming film, but commented on some of the critiques involving Barbie. Many critics had issue with the brand's history of portraying unrealistic body types and its sexualization of a children's toy.
Robbie addressed these concerns, stating to Vogue "She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even feel sexual desire? No, I don’t think she could. She is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her. Yes, she can wear a short skirt, but because it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt.”
Margot Robbie was also featured wearing a tweed Chanel dress, pairing it with a "Margot for President" pin. This look ties in more critiques about the Barbie brand, as some complain that the doll promotes gender stereotypes. Over the years, Mattel has been attempting to fight against this idea, by releasing dolls such as President Barbie in 2004 and Robotic Engineer Barbie in 2018.
Margot also posed in a western-inspired look, paying homage to a Western Chic Barbie that premiered in 2001. Robbie posed leaning against a wooden fence, styled in a Maison Margiela shirt and Kelsey Randall cowboy hat. Vogue leaned into the campiness of the iconic doll's outfits, allowing viewers a look into the world Greta Gerwig is creating.
Although Margot Robbie fits perfectly as Barbie, the Australian actress states she never owned the doll, and "really didn’t even think about playing Barbie until years into developing the project." It was Gerwig's perspective on creating the film that changed her mind, as the Lady Bird director wanted to present a different side of Barbie that hadn't been explored.
Greta Gerwig is excited to explore Barbie's perspective in this new film, giving life to a plastic doll that has been revered for so long. The director stated in an interview with an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "Whatever you’re thinking, we’re going to give you something totally different — the thing you didn’t know you wanted".
To learn more about the upcoming film, visit IMDB's page.