Behind the Scenes: HGTV Stars Share How Barbie Shaped Their Careers

HGTV is bringing the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse to life in a new must-see series. HGTV Magazine went behind the scenes with the stars of 'Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge' to find out what Barbie means to them.

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HGTV is Bringing the Barbie Dreamhouse to Life

HGTV's Life-Size Barbie Dreamhouse in California

HGTV is bringing the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse to life in a new must-see series.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

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You’re not imagining it: Barbie is everywhere these days. Warner Bros.’ movie Barbie is coming to theaters on July 21, and Mattel has launched all sorts of fun collaborations with home and fashion brands to celebrate. Even pink clothing (aka Barbiecore) is trending. With the Barbie Dreamhouse marking its 60th anniversary, HGTV decided to get in on the action with Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge. The network assembled a superstar crew to transform a 4,400-square-foot Southern California home into a life-size, fully functional version of the Dreamhouse. On each episode, the stars face off against one another, designing rooms themed to different decades. The real winner, though, will be the Barbie superfan who’s picked to stay in the completed home! You have to see the whole thing to believe it.

Behind the Scenes

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Evan Thomas and Keith Bynum on the Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

To make the house look truly toylike, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas added the signature handle to the roof. It weighs 900 pounds!

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

To make the house look truly toylike, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas added the signature handle to the roof. It weighs 900 pounds!

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson on the Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

Many of the stars built custom furniture for their rooms. Mike Jackson and Egypt Sherrod made a banquette together for a ’90s-inspired dining area.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Many of the stars built custom furniture for their rooms. Mike Jackson and Egypt Sherrod made a banquette together for a ’90s-inspired dining area.

My Barbie Memory:

I remember getting multiple 1986 Barbie Dreamhouses for Christmas because I'd told everyone I wanted it! I exchanged the extras for the Barbie Camper and a ton of Barbies and clothes. Dream holiday!

Egypt Sherrod

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Alison Victoria and Ty Pennington on Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

Alison Victoria and Ty Pennington tested out their epic color-changing dance floor. They designed the feature for a ’70s-style “Ken Den.”

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Alison Victoria and Ty Pennington tested out their epic color-changing dance floor. They designed the feature for a ’70s-style “Ken Den.”

My Barbie Memory:

The first time I ever moved furniture around was in Barbie’s A-frame Dreamhouse. It made me realize my imagination could become a reality. Life-changing stuff!

Ty Pennington

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Evan Thomas and Keith Bynum on Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

The address of the house is 219, a nod to the Pantone color for official Barbie pink. Evan and Keith used the shade on the entry, fountain and window boxes.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

The address of the house is 219, a nod to the Pantone color for official Barbie pink. Evan and Keith used the shade on the entry, fountain and window boxes.

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt on the Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

Pink artificial turf is not easy to find, but Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt tracked it down for the Y2K-style backyard.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Pink artificial turf is not easy to find, but Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt tracked it down for the Y2K-style backyard.

My Barbie Memory:

Playing with Barbies was my after-school ritual for many years. I loved to rearrange the furniture, act out different storylines, cut their hair and dress them with spunk.

Mika Kleinschmidt

HGTV Stars on the Set of New Barbie Series

Michel Smith Boyd on the Set of Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

HGTV producers rented a house across the street and set up an inspiration studio for the stars, like Michel Smith Boyd, full of Barbie dolls from every decade.

Photo by: Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

Gilles Mingasson / Getty Images

HGTV producers rented a house across the street and set up an inspiration studio for the stars, like Michel Smith Boyd, full of Barbie dolls from every decade.

My Barbie Memory:

I grew up playing with my own Barbie dolls, plus ones that belonged to my mom when she was a kid. I still have them all!

Christina Hall

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