Fake Like Me
At the beginning of this year, Paris Hilton walked into the Raena gift boutique on 3rd Street and gasped “Omigosh – they look just like ME!” She pointed to the large paintings of Barbie circa 1959 to 1971 hanging on the wall. The life-like depictions of the iconic doll feature Barbie in vibrant color in the early hairstyles and wardrobe that made her famous. The doll is appropriately attired and depicted in different situations with titles like Barbie in Bora Bora, Campus Sweetheart, or Barbie in Hollywood. Paris was SO enthralled with the resemblance, that she declared “I’ll take all the blonde ones!” She hung SEVEN of them in her house and returned for two more – including one brunette painting for her sister Nicky. The paintings by Judy Ragagli retailed for $125 to $525 and Paris bought the big ones.