You may have played with Barbie dolls when you were a child, but how much do you really know about this iconic toy? Here are a few things you didn’t know about the Barbie doll.
Barbie was first released in the United States, and the original doll was inspired by a German comic book character named Lilli who was a call girl. Over time, the doll has ventured out all over the world. She’s now sold in 150 different countries. It took a bit longer for other countries to catch on to the Barbie craze. She wasn’t introduced into Europe until 1961, and India didn’t start selling the doll until 1987.
The first Barbie doll was released in 1959, and she only came in one skin tone, with either blonde or brunette hair. These days, Barbie has represented over 40 different nationalities. She has also had over 180 different careers, including a doctor and an astronaut. But she barely made her debut into the corporate world back in 1985 as a business executive.
The doll’s first short film was released in 1987, and it was called “Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World.” In the film, Barbie and her band perform an awesome charity rock concert in outer space. She has starred in more than 30 DVDs, and she has taken on a bunch of different roles, including Rapunzel, a mermaid, a fairy, a pop star and a superhero.
The first celebrity doll to be added to the Barbie family was fashion model Twiggy back in 1967. Throughout the years, more and more celebs have been transformed into Barbie dolls, including M.C. Hammer, Marilyn Monroe, Fifth Harmony, the cast of “Twilight,” and Lindsay Lohan.
Every year since 2011, the doll has introduced a new career that has been under-represented by women. These careers include a computer engineer, an architect, and a movie director. She traveled into space in 1965 - four years before man walked on the moon. She later returned to space in 1986 and again in 1994.
The doll is no stranger to controversy. Teen Talk Barbie was a doll that said computerized phrases, such as “Want to go shopping?”, “Let’s plan our dream wedding!” and the controversial saying, “Math class is tough!” After receiving backlash from women’s rights groups, Mattel removed the math saying from the doll’s computer chip. And in January 2016, it was announced that Barbie’s controversial body would be getting a complete makeover. f Barbie were a real person, her proportions would be a 39-inch bust, an 18-inch waist, and 33-inch hips, and she would stand at 5’9” tall, which is definitely unrealistic. She now comes in three different body shapes, including tall, petite and curvy to represent women of all shapes and sizes.
Were you shocked by any of these facts about Barbie?