The young, the slender, the blonde and the youthful doll that has been the favourite of most young girls around the globe – the iconic doll Barbie will turn 60 this year; and yet, she doesn’t have a single wrinkle.
On the occasion of Barbie’s almost 60th birthday, here’s a glimpse of the journey of the most famous doll in the world. Back in 1950s, the world had bigger problems to take care of, and dolls were probably the last thing to worry about. The only kind of dolls available were baby dolls, and this bothered Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel – whose daughter Barbara who had her mother as the only role model; while his son would imagine being an astronaut, cowboy, pilot, surgeon. So Handler actually took inspiration from his own children to create new dolls – and that is how Barbie (the shortened version of Barbara) was born.
The first Barbie has debuted at the American Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959; and since then, the iconic doll has no stopping. Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president – Barbie comes in many forms and avatar today. Over the years, the popular doll has been pinned up with criticism for the exaggerated body structure and the unrealistic proportions that it features. Apparently, she is not just a doll, not just a toy – she has a massive global presence and is its own kind of “influencer” that has affected millions of young girls.
But regardless of years of controversies, Barbie is a forever favourite for young girls all around the world. As a matter of fact, despite all the controversies about her unrealistic body image, Barbie, a toy doll is a universally known brand name – just as McDonald’s or Coca-Cola. Soon, the youthful doll will turn 60 years old, but even at this age and regardless of the competition in toy industry, 58 million Barbies are sold each year in more than 150 countries. That’s why we say, she doesn’t even have a wrinkle at 60.