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Posted: March 9, 2022
Written by: Kelly Nero
National Barbie Day 2022 is here! The childhood toy symbolizes female empowerment for many as Barbie has reinvented herself numerous times in several careers - showing young kids they can be anything they want. Dolls undoubtedly bring up a nostalgic feeling and with that, here's a look back at some classic K-Pop music videos from my trusty K-Pop vault involving dolls.
Ah yes. 2009. A golden year in K-Pop. The girls of SNSD can be seen acting as mannequins while a young and oh-so dreamy Minho almost breaks his neck looking at them. It's probably no surprise Gee was one of the first kpop music videos I saw.
Kinda scary right? This song takes on a more mature and robotic depiction of being a doll. The girls sing of despite being impenetrable, their mind is faltering because of their love's sexy eyes, nose, etc. Aww.
The girls of Girl's Day burst onto the scene with this colorful and bright doll depiction in Tilt My Head. I must say the reference to being a doll is quite simple and rather cute with the words "Tilt head. Blankly." Always makes me chuckle. Keke.
Laboum's version of being a doll takes a different take than the previous ones. The song tells of confronting a lover who has broken your heart. The girls feel as if they're being treated like a doll as they're put to the side for some other interest when the lover finds another girl. That they're on a string, begging them to stay, under the control of their partner as if they're plaything. That's deep.
How can one not smile when they see this music video? In this up-beat dance pop, the girls convey their awkward feelings toward their love interest. The connections to doll is quite obvious as their music video is set in a doll factory. In a somewhat full circle moment, Red Velvet also uses the metaphor of mannequins whn expressing their admiration for someone with, "Like a mannequin. Everything is so awkward. I should just act like I do normally. But whenever I see you, I act so stupid".