May. 26 2020
She’s such a doll. Since 1959, the one and only Barbie has held over 200 jobs, inspired millions of girls worldwide, and worked with some of the most powerful women in the world, including Eva Chen, Ava DuVernay, and Zendaya. Now on her (seriously addictive) Instagram account, she’s been clapping for healthcare workers, trying her hand at the #PillowChallenge, and reminding her 2.2 million followers that anything is possible. We asked Barbie about her career advice, her self-care routine, and what she never leaves home without.
How many jobs have you held, exactly?
I have been a career woman for as long as I can remember. I’ve had over 200 different jobs, not that I’m counting!
What job (or jobs) stand out to you and why?
It’s hard to pick a favorite! But after so many, I’ve learned that I love to stay current and collaborate. That’s why the work on @BarbieStyle is so fun. I could not have had this job 10 years ago. And I love working with my team, other creatives and brands to bring new projects to life. For me, collaboration is the key to staying inspired.
How do you prepare for a new job?
Research. I like to fully immerse myself in the world of each new job so I have a full perspective. Also, dressing the part helps too.
How have your dream jobs grown with you and with the times?
I keep a varied resume, so I’m a natural fit for an entrepreneur, which has always been my dream. Now, with all of the digital platforms and direct access to your community, you can create projects and get feedback so much faster! I love putting my work out into the world and getting an instant response. It keeps me on my toes!
Do you ever feel like you spread yourself too thin?
I think it’s normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes, but that’s why I surround myself with an incredible team. I couldn’t do what I do without them!
What are you focusing on in your downtime?
I like to mix it up every day. I have been meditating using the Headspace app, which really keeps me centered. I also enjoy taking my dog, Miss Honey, for walks, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. Sometimes I indulge in a little self-care… Everyone loves an at-home spa night!
When you’re creating content for your social, what message do you like to spread to your followers?
Levity, joy, humor, empowerment! I also love to hear directly from my followers, so I’m always asking for their input. I aim to inspire them, and often, it’s them inspiring me as well!
What’s one item you never leave home without?
My phone. It’s how I stay connected to my team and my community via @BarbieStyle.
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