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Sunday, 26 February 2012

Barbie Doll

The idea for Barbie came about after Mattel toy partner Ruth Handler watched her daughter, Barbara, cut dolls out of magazines and carefully choose clothes and accessories to clothe them in. All other dolls on the market at the time were baby dolls, but Ruth realised there was enormous potential in a doll with adult features, allowing children to act out their dreams.

Ruth Handler

Barbie was named by Ruth after her daughter. Her full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts, and she is from Willows, Wisconsin.

Barbie was the first doll with developed breasts

Mattel designer Jack Ryan (1926-1991) created the popular image of the Barbie doll. Apart from Barbie's general appearance, Ryan designed both the hinge that enabled her knees and waist to bend and her pull-string voice box.

Ryan was also noted for being being the sixth husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor.

The Barbie Doll made her debut in a zebra-striped swimsuit at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. It took toy stores across the US by storm and more than 351,000 dolls were sold that year at $3 (£2.00) each.

The first Barbie doll was introduced in both blonde and brunette in March 1959. Original uploaded by Barbieologin at Wikimedia Commons

March 9th is also used as Barbie's official birthday.

She was introduced to the UK in 1961.

Barbie wasn't given bendable legs until 1965.

After Aqua recorded their hit single "Barbie Girl" in 1997, Mattel sued the Danish band, in 2002, saying they violated the Barbie trademark and turned Barbie into a sex object, referring to her as a "Blonde Bimbo."

Mattel sells over 20-million Barbies a year. About half of American girls have owned at least one.

In 2003, Barbie was first banned then declared a threat to morality in Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, Iran banned the sale of Barbie dolls to protect the country from decadent Western cultural influences.

A standard Barbie doll is 11.5 inches tall, giving a height of 5 feet 9 inches at 1/6 scale. Barbie's vital statistics have been estimated at 36 inches (chest), 18 inches (waist) and 33 inches (hips). At 5'9" tall and weighing 110 lbs, Barbie would have a BMI of 16.24 and fit the weight criteria for anorexia.

Judged by the head size, if the Barbie doll were life-size she'd be 7ft 2in tall and, strangely, given that she is meant to be a teenage girl, her figure would be 36-13-38!

If Barbie were life-size her neck would be twice the length of a normal human’s neck.

On average, a Canadian girl owns seven Barbie dolls, whereas an American girl owns eight. 

The world’s largest collection of Barbie dolls is owned by Bettina Dorfmann, from Dusseldorf, Germany, who has more than 15,000 of them.

There are more than 200 different types of Barbie Dolls.

Barbie has held more than 130 different careers since she was first introduced in 1959.

There are more Barbie dolls in Italy than there are Canadians in Canada.

Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold somewhere in the world.

Two and a half time more Barbies are sold every year than babies are born in the US.

There's a Barbie-like Islamic doll called "Fulla".

Sources, Wikipedia, Daily Express

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