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Barbie turns 60: Dating Blaine, befriending Mickey and other milestones in her history
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle. Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company's largest and most profitable line. However, sales have declined sharply since She had a significant impact on social values by conveying characteristics of female independence, and with her multitude of accessories, an idealized upscale life-style that can be shared with affluent friends. Ruth Handler watched her daughter Barbara play with paper dolls, and noticed that she often enjoyed giving them adult roles. At the time, most children's toy dolls were representations of infants. Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot , a co-founder of the Mattel toy company.
Life in plastic is fantastic — especially if you're Barbie. Barbie turns Photo: Pinterest.
First in the collection, Dream Date Barbie doll is inspired by the doll of the same name and features a dramatic one-shoulder fuchsia gown with cascading ruffles edged in shiny purple piping. The bodice sparkles with sequins and the belted waist features a satin flower. Glam accessories include silvery stud earrings, matching ring, and fuchsia peep-toe pumps. We care about your privacy and want you to be informed about our practices. Sign up to get news and offers from Mattel's family of brands. Review our privacy statement for full details.
Dream Date™ Barbie® Doll
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