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Remember a couple of years ago when incarnations of Bakersfield Barbie were making their rounds on the Internet? My personal favorite was Tehachapi Barbie — two Barbies holding hands with a rainbow flag in front of a Suburu. Love her!!
Well, Barbie is now back with her Central Valley friends. They look eerily similar to the Barbies from Kern County. (Oakdale Barbie looks a lot like Oildale Barbie — complete with confederate flag and six-pack of beer!) But these Barbies are from towns up and down the Valley — and Taft Barbie is compared to Modesto Barbie (she comes with her own Meth lab kit).
For some real fun, check out this Jibjab video of Gangsta Bitch Barbie and her honey, Thug Ken.
I still have my 30 Barbies in a box in my garage that I played with as a child. Someday I'll have to pull them out and give them an updated look.
— Jennifer Baldwin (aka Oleander Barbie)