Happy Birthday, Barbie: 14 Things You Must Know

Barbie, a timeless icon and beloved doll for generations, celebrates a 65th birthday this year. Barbie has captivated hearts and imaginations worldwide since her debut in March 1959 at the New York Toy Fair. Here are 14 things you must know about Barbie and her incredible journey.

• Barbara Millicent Roberts: Barbie’s full name is named after Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara.

• Barbie hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin, and is a proud high school graduate.

• First Impressions: Barbie’s debut look featured a striking black-and-white striped swimsuit.

• Ken Joins the Scene: Ken first appeared in 1961, two years after Barbie.

• Affordable Luxury: The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00.

• Inspired by Bild Lilli: Barbie’s physical appearance was modeled after a German doll created in 1952.

• Barbie is one of eight siblings, including Skipper and twins Todd and Tutti.

• In the 1960s, a Random House book series revealed Barbie’s parents’ names: George and Margaret.

• With over 250 careers, Barbie has been an astronaut, pilot, firefighter, journalist, and CEO.

• Barbie traveled into space in 1965, a significant milestone predating the moon landing.

• Since 1992, Barbie has run for president in nearly every election year.

• The 1992 Totally Hair Barbie, with floor-length hair, is the best-selling Barbie ever.

• A Barbie Dreamhouse, first introduced in 1962, is sold every two minutes.

• Over 100 Barbie dolls are sold every minute in 150 countries worldwide.

Barbie’s journey from a simple toy to a cultural phenomenon reflects more than just play; it mirrors societal changes, women’s evolving roles, and the aspirations of countless young people. As Barbie continues to inspire and evolve, we celebrate not just a doll but a symbol of endless possibilities. Happy Birthday, Barbie! Here’s to many more years of inspiration and imagination.