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Learn the Ways of the Crown
By Paisley Hibou
Barbie Princess Charm School is a Mattel-infused Hogwarts for the fashion-conscious. This new line of dolls, games, and DVDs sucks little girls into a land where earning a B.S. in Princess Studies is a real possibility.
Enrolling in Princess Charm School is easy. All you have to do is go to Barbie.com and sign in with your first name. Immediately after your quickie registration, a congratulatory message pops up: “You've been accepted to Princess Charm School! You & classmate Blair are ready for royal adventures!” In the world of Princess Charm School, “Blair” is just code for “Barbie”—because we all know that Blair is quite the princessy name (“Gossip Girl,” anyone?).
As you explore the website, be careful that the sparkles don't blind you. There's glitter and classic Barbie pink everywhere. Freakishly bright eyes, long, flowing hair, and friendly animals aren't exactly rarities, either. Sounds—from cheery twinkles to a female narrator's upbeat voice—add to the magical experience.
At Princess Charm School, your range of princess prep activities includes everything from “Princess Poise” to “Royal Designer” to “Tea Party” and more. Playing games helps you earn badges that allow you to “graduate,” meaning you can access the prized “Tiara Decorator” game or a list of pretty printables.
Of course, Mattel wouldn't let you play a free online game without trying to sell you something. In this case, toys and DVDs are your Princess Charm School must-have's. Whether you want a doll in a poofy dress, a svelte horse pulling a chic canopy carriage, or a bona fide Prince Charming à laKen, Mattel's got you covered.
If you're looking for another reason to laugh at Barbie or, on the other hand, indulge in a new guilty pleasure, check out Barbie Princess Charm School.