​exclusive: watch kali uchis and sophia webster bring barbie to life in london

The Colombian bombshell and her Rinse FM girl gang chow down in style.

by i-D Staff
27 August 2015, 1:47pm

"The best part about being alive, is the gift of a new day," intones singer-songwriter Kali Uchis in her soft, pouting Colombian accent. A blonde bombshell for the internet era, Uchis is the perfect embodiment of Barbie in 2015. And that's just how she appears in a new collaboration with London-based footwear designer Sophia Webster

In Dolled Up, a film by Sharna Osborne, we see Uchis catch the bus, hit the corner store, and catch up with her girls -- Yinka, Yasmin, Maya and Emerald from Rinse FM -- in Walthamstow's L.Manze, a well known pie and mash restaurant. Kitted out with backpacks and clutches that proclaim "I love Ken Shoes," the squad shows off their footwear fandom in Webster's winged stilettos, bubblegum slingbacks, flat sandals and patterned high top sneakers.

As we exclusively premiere the campaign film, we catch up with Kali to get the low down on being Barbie...

Can you tell us about your Barbie experiences as a kid? What did you do with them?
I enjoyed having the dolls in soap-opera type scenarios. For instance, let's say Barbie's on the run: she hijacks Ken's car with her friend. I liked to have them live an open-ended life on the edge.

Did you enjoy dressing up Barbie-style for the video? How did it feel being a real life Barbie?
Playing dress up is always fun. Being a real life Barbie feels like when you sip the foam out of the top of your root beer float.

What was the reaction in East London when you were shooting the video?
I was the laughing stock of the town -- lots of pointing and laughing. We gave a lot of people their jollies that day.

I noticed there are Barbie flats in the shoot, as well as heels. Is Barbie more than her heels these days?
Barbie is anything she wants to be. Barbie can't be confined to her heels. Barbie could be a boot if she wanted, heck, Barbie could be a boat if she wanted.

Rinse FM
Kali Uchis
East London
Sophia Webster