Steffie of the Day: Valerie Modelo

by Alison Rasmussen


Valerie by alington
Valerie, a photo by alington on Flickr.
Created by Cipsa, licensed by Mattel in Mexico, around 1978, this lovely and unique Steffie Barbie is hard to find. I found her in TLC condition on eBay, and she's been restored by the talented Roberta Marino in our doll group.

Here, she's been redressed in one of the wonderful fashions from Think Pink from the Funny Face collection by Integrity Toys. I believe this doll originally wore either a black or red one-shoulder full-length dress.

A few things to note about this doll:
  • Her hair is rooted in two colors: ash brown and pale blonde. The blonde is actually rooted longer than the brown, and that's apparently a factory standard.
  • Her arms use slightly different sculpts, with one hand bending outward more than the other. It's a little hard to see from the photo above. This is common for Cispa dolls.
  • Her legs also use slightly different sculpts. While I'm not sure this was done on purpose, my Activa doll actually has this issue as well.
  • Her face yellows quite a bit differently than her pink body, and this is also common in these dolls.
  • Her facial screening is unique for a doll of this era--she has lavender eyeshadow, and no painted lashes. For the late 1970s, this is a little unusual.
You can see a few more photos on my Flickr photostream.