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Life is beautiful.

Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” can bring most folks to tears already. After all, the song, created for a pivotal part in the “Barbie” movie, touches on the special kind of grief one feels for their younger, more carefree self that often fades away as we become adults. Plus Eilish’s airy, wistful voice feels innocent and weary all at the same time, touching right on the heartstrings.

Now, add onto that home video footage that perfectly shows the beauty and wonder of childhood that exists beyond the limits of time and space… and…excuse me? Does someone have a tissue?

In a viral video created by Carrie Moses, we see a side-by-side comparison of clips from her own childhood and those from her mom’s childhood, all while the song plays. There’s something so beautiful and healing about seeing how, whether it’s in the 60s or the 90s or even today, childhood still feels the same.

Joyful. Playful. Full of games. Full of dancing. Full of silly faces and pretty dresses. Full of zest. Full of life. Full.

Somehow along the way, our lives become full of responsibilities, worries, regrets…you know, adulting. And that light begins to dim. But it does come back in fleeting moments.

Moments like the ones below. Watch:

@carrie_momo Replying to @Vanessa’s Travels & Tips 🛩️🌎 Ask and you shall receive! Had to do a part 2! Me and my mom are overwhelmed by the response to the first one. My mom is so happy. She’s watched it so many times and read all the comments. First clip is mom with Midge (Barbie’s BFF 😭😍) FAQ: to transfer I bought the Wolverine super 8 movie maker on Amazon. Expensive but worth it for the memories. Thinking about opening up a service to transfer Super 8 reels to digital when I get back from my trip. #barbie#barbiemovie2023#barbiemovie#billieeilish#whatwasimadefor #whatwasimadeforbillieeilish #thenandnow#super8 #super8film #fyp ♬ original sound - Carrie_momo

As you wipe the snot away, I leave you with one last touching quote from "Barbie," which clearly resonated with Moses as she created her montage, since she put it in her TikTok video:

“We mothers stand still so our daughters can look back to see how far they have come.”

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Margot Robbie discusses the feminism behind 'Barbie.'

While conversations about Barbie might generally revolve around unrealistic beauty standards and misogynist ideals, the factual legacy of the iconic toy is far more nuanced and surprisingly feminist. After all, Barbie propelled young girls around the world out of simply honing their maternal skills with baby dolls and helped them imagine themselves in roles beyond motherhood.

This is part of why the highly anticipated “Barbie” movie is causing such excitement. It not only promises a fun ride full of dance numbers, crazy outfits and pink galore, but also a story that reflects the true promise of feminism: an equilateral, inclusive world where femininity is equally celebrated. Basically, the best of Barbie, if you ask me.

In fact, the film’s feminist layers were the main topic for a recent ABC News In-depth interview with Greta Gerwig, the film’s director, and Margot Robbie, who plays the titular character, and it’s giving fans a whole new level of appreciation for the upcoming comedy.

“It most certainly is a feminist film,” said Gerwig. ”But it’s feminist in a way that includes everyone; it’s a ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ version of it.”

“I think some people hear the word ‘feminist’ and think that means it doesn't mean men…And I’m like, anyone who believes that men and women should be equal is feminist,” Robbie seconded, noting that the power between the Barbies and the Kens is certainly not equal at the beginning of the film.

“If you look at ‘Barbie Land’ from the beginning…the Barbies are on top and the Kens are kinda disregarded…that’s not equal. So, whatever the opposite of misogynist is actually what Barbie is. Toward the end when they balance things out..then it might be feminist,” she joked.

Then Gerwig painted a picture she saw time and time again with her friends' daughters:

“Little girls playing dress-up where they put on everything—the tutu and the tiara and the boa, and the gloves, and the bag and the cowboy boots and they have sparkles…so many ideas—and then there’s this moment when they just…start wanting to disappear.”

This is certainly a feeling many women can relate to, and it’s a feeling that only gets exacerbated in a society where women are often pitted against one another. Gerwig wanted “Barbie” to challenge this notion in the movie by showing “that ability for a woman to look at another woman and say ‘you’re good enough.’”

It doesn’t hurt that Gerwig and Robbie live this example in the interview by delighting in lifting each other up. Gerwig applauds Robbie for her take-charge attitude, and Robbie commends Gerwig for having an infectious enthusiasm and intelligence that doesn’t make others feel alienated. All in all, it’s just so inspiring to watch a couple of female Hollywood powerhouses hold each other in such high regard, all while talking about a movie that does the same thing.

After seeing this discussion, folks were even more excited about the thought Gerwig and Robbie have put into the film. You can feel the love in the comments below:

“The more I hear about the script entices me to actually see the movie.”

“I cannot wait to see this and already want them to direct/ produce another project together again. They flow off of each other so well. I love this!!”

“I wish they conducted interviews with world leaders and politicians in this manner.”

“This movie will tell girls they can do anything.”

“I have not (obviously) seen this yet and just from this interview I need another Margot/ Greta film. They seem superb together.”

“The absolute number one reason why I am most excited to see this movie is because of these two women. They are each so impressively talented and mindblowingly intelligent and passionate about their craft that there's no way it will be anything less than spectacular.

Thankfully, fans only have to wait a little longer before seeing what the creators have come up with. "Barbie" premieres July 21.

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Margot Robbie discussing "Barbie" on "The Kelly Clarkson" show

Promotion for the upcoming “Barbie” movie is in full swing as Margot Robbie (who plays the titular blonde) and a huge supporting cast grace various talk shows to chat about the film. Though no one knows fully what to expect from the story, all signs point toward it being a very fun ride.

Case in point: the adorable “favor” Robbie asked director Greta Gerwig before taking on the iconic role.

While appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show," Robbie, along with cast members America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon and Issa Rae, shared their personal, childhood connections to the doll. For Robbie, it was the Christmas she received a Barbie Dreamhouse that she quickly became “obsessed” with.

So obsessed, in fact, that she told Gerwig, “I’ll follow your vision. Whatever you want this Barbie movie to be, let’s do that. [But] please, please, please can we have a Dream House where she has a slide that goes from her bedroom down to her pool,? Because that is my goal in life."

Now if that’s not a relatable goal, I don’t know what is.

Robbie clearly got her wish, because in the trailer dropped on May 30, you can’t miss that shamelessly girly pink slide attached to Barbie’s house.

Even before seeing the movie, what’s apparent is that the “Barbie” creators were determined to let their inner child run wild.

In a previous interview with Vogue, Robbie shared adorable anecdotes like leaving Ryan Gosling (who plays loveable himbo doll Ken) a little present every day, bonding with all the other Barbies during a Barbie sleepover, and having “movie church” Sundays where the group would watch films that were reference points.

The set design required so much pink paint that there was an international shortage, for crying out loud. This seriously sounds like the best summer camp ever.

Barbie means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one common denominator is the way she ignites a sense of childlike wonder in our hearts. Or, at the very least, she takes us back to a time when that wonder was much easier to access. It makes sense that in order to successfully tell a story about such a magical doll, everyone involved would need to take fun very, very seriously. And the way they are doing it is so infectious that you can bet plenty of folks will show up and the movie theater dressed in pink from head to toe, with the same kind of excitement. I know I will.