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  • Rianna Carpenter (Conner) – The Combat Barbie: STUNNING Tattoo Model; Owner of Combat Barbie Clothing; US Marine Corps Veteran; Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) Veteran; Sergeant of Marines

    Origin of nickname “COMBAT BARBIE”: When I first joined the Marines in 2011 I was an extremely girlie and motivated Marine and I would post pics of me receiving awards in uniform to my social media. Well, my pics were saved by random Marines and posted on websites that were known for bashing other service members. I tried to ignore it, but seeing the hundreds of degrading comments made on my photos, really brought me down as a new Marine. One of the comments that kept getting repeated was, “She’s too girly, take that sh*t to the air force. She doesn’t belong in the Marines. Who does she think she is? A combat Barbie doll?” Soon a few sites turned into dozens, and by the end of that month almost everyone knew me by, “Combat Barbie.” I couldn’t even walk in the PX or chow hall without someone pointing at me & laughing about it. Imagine walking into a room full of strangers and most of them think they already “know” who you are, based off some nasty absurd rumors they saw online.. So, I deactivated everything and hid from the world for a while. Then one day I woke up and decided that I didn’t want to feel that way anymore. I didn’t want to hide or be fearful of judgment. I wanted to be my TRUE self and be proud of it. Simple. I gained strength and owned the nickname “Combat Barbie!” How could they use it to mock me if I love it/claim it? I have too much positivity in my soul to hide from the world. I took the name and let it EMPOWER me & help me show other females that it’s okay to be feminine in a male-dominated profession.
    -Almost 7 yrs later, I’m still called “Combat Barbie” by many. And now it’s a name that’s known worldwide, thanks to a ton of Magazine/News Articles. And I had my lawyer purchase/secure the Trademark on the name for me, so I own it.
    -Because you’re gonna ask: Yes, I’ve deployed to Afghanistan (a war-zone) but I’ve never been in combat. Nor did I ever claim to have been. I didn’t intended to use the name to disrespect anyone whose been in combat -Some of my friends have been, and they understand why I use this name. It’s a part of me forever. #CombatBarbie

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