Happy Birthday Barbie! Barbie turns 50!

Barbie turned 50 today and she has never looked better!  Maybe it’s that she has never been married? Or maybe it’s because she broke up with her long time beau, Ken, back in 2004?  Whatever it is, this No. 1 fashion doll looks fabulous!  But who wouldn’t want dimensions like hers?  A tiny waist, big bosom and long legs. In celebration of her big day, here are some of our favorite fun facts about Barbie courtesy of Mattel, Inc.:

  • Barbie® doll has had more than 80 careers — everything from a rock star to a paleontologist to a presidential candidate.
  • Barbie® doll’s first career was a teenage fashion model.
  • Barbie® Goes to College was introduced in 1964.
  • Barbie® doll was introduced in Europe in 1961.
  • The Barbie® doll is currently marketed in more than 150 nations around the world.
  • Placed head to toe, Barbie® dolls and family members sold since 1959 would circle the earth more than seven times.
  • Every second, two Barbie® dolls are sold somewhere in the world.
  • Barbie® doll has had over 43 pets including 21 dogs, 12 horses, 3 ponies, 6 cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion cub, a giraffe and a zebra.
  • The best selling Barbie® doll ever was Totally Hair Barbie® , with hair from the top of her head to her toes.
  • The full name of Barbie® doll is “Barbie Millicent Roberts.” She is from Willows, Wisconsin and went to Willows High School.
  • Barbie®  doll has five sisters, Skipper®, introduced in 1964, Tutti, a twin introduced in 1966, Stacie® in 1992, Kelly® in 1995 and Krissy™ in 1999.
  • Barbie® doll’s boyfriend, Ken® doll made his debut two years after Barbie, in 1961.
  • Close to 1 billion fashions have been produced since 1959 for Barbie® and her friends.
  • More than 105 million yards of fabric have gone into making Barbie® doll and her friends’ fashions, making Mattel one the largest apparel manufacturers in the world.
  • Barbie®  doll has had more than a billion pair of shoes and over one hundred new additions to her wardrobe annually.
  • Barbie®  doll was introduced in 1959 and first appeared in the now-famous black and white striped swimsuit and signature ponytail.
  • The inventor of the Barbie® doll is Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel. She named the doll after her daughter, Barbara.
  • The first Barbie®  doll sold for $3.00.
  • During the first year of her introduction in 1959, 351,000 Barbie® dolls were sold.
  • In 2000, Barbie®  doll has a belly button for the first time.


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