The first image in this series represents the birth of a new era of consumerism -- Barbie's worlwide debut marked a categorical change in the way we view mechanical production, commodification, and standards of beauty. Here, she emerges from a bath of bubble wrap and packing beads to inaugurate her rule as a force of commercialism.

The form and composition of this photograph recalls imagery of the Virgin Mary, the goddess Venus, and Marilyn Monroe. These visual cues inspire us to think about Barbie not purely as a toy or commodity, but as an anthropological deity whose societal influence extends far beyond the people who purchase her.

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