I bought Palm Beach Midge from new. This must have been in 2001 when this range was released, which surprises me now because I thought I had stopped collecting in the mid nineties – she must have particularly impressed me. Its easy to see why. Face-wise, I think she’s probably one of my favourite Midges ever, although I think she could have done without the stupid pinpoint freckles (again). In fact, having seen the other dolls from this range, it seems that most of them are beautifully painted with this sort of understated, naturally-made-up style. I am pretty indifferent to Palm Beach Barbie (GG face with bright pink lippy, yawn) but if you haven’t seen them I highly recommend looking up Palm Beach Christie, Theresa, Skipper and, of course, Lea.
You know I have to complain about the swimsuit, now, though, don’t you? “Always dressed” Barbies are popular with some Mothers, but of course collectors are going to hate them. Back when I bought her, I remember thinking how strange it was to give such a beautiful, subtly painted doll a ridiculous, garish, drawn-on swimsuit, but I liked her face so much I bought her anyway. I’ve thought about rebodying her, but I have mixed feelings about it now. I think I kind of enjoy hating the swimsuit so much, to be honest with you.
When I dressed her for these pictures, I wanted her to look how I always thought she should have looked, young, casual and simply dressed. You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to find something that suited her colouring and hid her ghastly swimsuit – in the end, she got a My Scene boy’s teeshirt, an unmarked Barbie Skirt (I suspect from a My Scene) and a Liv Jacket. I think she turned out very nicely.