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Barbie unveils surprisingly affordable real-life Dreamhouse mansion on Airbnb


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Barbie unveils surprisingly affordable real-life Dreamhouse mansion on Airbnb

Hannah Yasharoff USA TODAY Published 10:29 AM EDT Oct 18, 2019 “Life is plastic, it’s fantastic,” indeed.  A new Airbnb experience brings Barbie’s iconic pink Dreamhouse to life for an exclusive two-night visit.  Located “in the heart of Malibu, because, of course it is, the ocean-front Dreamhouse features two bedrooms, an infinity pool, an office…

Barbie unveils surprisingly affordable real-life Dreamhouse mansion on Airbnb


Hannah Yasharoff


USA TODAY

Published 10:29 AM EDT Oct 18, 2019

“Life is plastic, it’s fantastic,” indeed. 

A new Airbnb experience brings Barbie’s iconic pink Dreamhouse to life for an exclusive two-night visit. 

Located “in the heart of Malibu, because, of course it is, the ocean-front Dreamhouse features two bedrooms, an infinity pool, an office (“to start planning who you want to be”), a movie theater, and a walk-in closet where guests can model life-size versions of some of Barbie’s most iconic looks.

The description, written as though Barbie herself is renting out her home to the public, notes her “Dreamhouse has three floors with ocean views and open spaces for friends and family to hang. My pool is the perfect place to cool off from the California sun, but I never travel without my waterslide, so I’ll be taking that with me. And whether you’re enjoying an outdoor meal, watching a movie in my personal cinema, or making s’mores under the stars, the best part is just being together.”

Booking for the Dreamhouse opens on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. EDT. Barbie writes that the experience is a  “once in a lifetime chance, which means the Dreamhouse will only be booked once.” The lucky guests will check in from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29. Booking is listed at $60 per night. 

And since Barbie will be out of town, she’s asked a few of her friends to stop by “to inspire and teach you new things.” Hairstylist Jen Atkin, Fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad, chef Gina Clarke-Helm and pilot/aerospace engineer Jill Meyers are all scheduled to meet guests for interactive, informative sessions on their careers. 

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The Dreamhouse listing will promote its charity, The Barbie Dream Gap Project, which launched about a year ago and aims to close the “dream gap,” a phenomenon proven by researchers at New York University, the University of Illinois and Princeton University.

They found that stereotypes associate a high-level of intellectual ability with men more than women. Thus, when young girls are exposed to these stereotypes, they don’t always pursue careers that require intelligence.

This begins at prepubescence. Girls begin to avoid those brain-stimulating activities and boys move on, creating a gap. In response, Barbie has created several dolls highlighting different careers lacking female representation. This year was Judge Barbie. 

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Contributing: Amy Haneline, USA TODAY. 

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