Barbie dolls throughout the years

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  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Manuel Bozzi and Marithe-Francois Girbaud' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France. Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Perles de Tahiti' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Mauboussin' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France. Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Debeers' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France. Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'P and L Ratinaud' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: The new Jewel Girl Barbie is displayed by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair in New York 14 February 2000. The doll has a new flexible waist area allowing it to bend in any direction. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Generation Girl Barbie dolls are seen on display by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair in New York 14 February, 2000. The doll has a new flexible waist area allowing it to bend in any direction. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Repossi' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Mikimoto' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • Barbie wears jewels by Grisogono 17 July 2003 during the presentation of the 2003 Barbie Jewelry Collection in Monaco. The jewels will be auctioned in Paris December 2003 with proceeds going to the French Red Cross. AFP PHOTO - VANINA LUCCHESI Photo prise le 17 juillet 2003 a Monaco, de la poupee Barbie decoree du bijoutier Grisogono, lors de l'inauguration de 'Barbie Joaillerie Collection 2003' en faveur des enfants defavorises. (Photo credit should read VANINA LUCCHESI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie wears jewels by Buccellati 17 July 2003 during the presentation of the 2003 Barbie Jewelry Collection in Monaco. The jewels will be auctioned in Paris December 2003 with proceeds going to the French Red Cross. AFP PHOTO - VANINA LUCCHESI Photo prise le 17 juillet 2003 a Monaco, de la poupee Barbie decoree par le bijoutier Buccellati, lors de l'inauguration de 'Barbie Joaillerie Collection 2003' en faveur des enfants defavorises. (Photo credit should read VANINA LUCCHESI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Swan Lake Barbie collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Shakira Barbie collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Bulgari' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Nathalie and Dominique Muller/ Bermudes' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France. Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Lorenz Baumer' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France. Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Fred Paris' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 18: A Barbie doll dressed in 'Isa Parvex' on display at the Georges V Hotel, December 18, 2003 in Paris, France.Top jewellers get together to dress up a collection of Barbie dolls to be auctioned for the Red Cross . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Charleston 2nd Series Bob Mackie Limited Edition Barbie, valued at around 300-450 euros, is seen at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Over 4,000 Barbie dolls, ranging from 1959 to 2002, will be auctioned 26 September, and the collection is expected to realise in excess of 150,000 euros. AFP PHOTO / JOHN D MCHUGH (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Gala Abend 1965 Barbie, valued at around GBPGBP400-GBP600 is ondisplay at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Now the forever young icon is set to grace centre stage at Christie's London auction house on September 26, at a sale of what is thought to be the largest private collection of Barbie dolls in the world. Barbie, the doll, has inspired girls around the world for more than 40 years, had a biography written about her, is worth billions, and even inspired some of fashion
  • An Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra Barbie, valued at around 225-300 euros, is seen at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Over 4,000 Barbie dolls, ranging from 1959 to 2002, will be auctioned 26 September, and the collection is expected to realise in excess of 150,000 euros. AFP PHOTO / JOHN D MCHUGH (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Diamond Dazzle Bob Mackie Collector Edition Barbie, valued at around GBPGBP300-GBP400, is on display at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Now the forever young icon is set to grace centre stage at Christie's London auction house on September 26, at a sale of what is thought to be the largest private collection of Barbie dolls in the world. Barbie, the doll, has inspired girls around the world for more than 40 years, had a biography written about her, is worth billions, and
  • A Venetian Opulence Barbie, valued at around 300-450 euros, is seen at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Over 4,000 Barbie dolls, ranging from 1959 to 2002, will be auctioned 26 September, and the collection is expected to realise in excess of 150,000 euros. AFP PHOTO / JOHN D MCHUGH (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 11: Picture showing a Barbie doll wearing designer clothes taken in Paris 01 January 1989. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 11: Picture showing a Barbie doll wearing designer clothes taken in Paris 01 January 1989. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Barbie dolls for the Olympics are displayed by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair in New York 14 February, 2000. Each country's doll will be on sale only in that country. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 11: Picture showing a Barbie doll wearing designer clothes taken in Paris 01 January 1989. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Cairo, EGYPT: An Egyptian sales man shows the Muslim Fulla doll at a kids shop in Cairo 11 January 2006. Fulla is now thought to be the best-selling girl's toy in the Arab world, two years after she first came on the market, displacing her Western rival, Barbie, in shops across her native Levant.AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The original Lili doll is photographed in front a German flag at a Barbie Convention event in Los Angeles CA 27 July 2006. Lili was a fashion doll that was created out of a newspaper cartoon by cartoonist Reingard Beuthien under the request of daily Bild Zeitung in Hamburg on June 1952. The original character of Lili depicted a young pretty, curvaceous blonde with a ponnytail, dressed with the latest fashion. A few years later, Lili was launched in Germany. (HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie Doll is displayed at the room of two Italian collectors and dealers at the Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles 26 July, 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The original No. 1 Barbie doll is displayed at the 'Treasures from Mattel's Vault' exhibit at the Hyatt Regency during a Barbie Convention event in Los Angeles CA 27 July 2006. The Hotel is hosting the 2006 Barbie Doll Collectors Convention with the attendance of hundred of dealers and collectors of the popular toy made by Mattel. Created in 1959, the doll has become an cultural icon with collectors around the world, with some dolls selling for more than 16,000 USD. (HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Legally Blonde 2 collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Gone Platinum Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Diva Series Collection. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Gone Platinum Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Diva Series Collection. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes new Barbie fashions at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. Robert Best designed this ensemble. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Gone Platinum Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Diva Series Collection. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Maria Therese Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and her clothing was designed by Robert Best. Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Lingerie Barbie No. 5 at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and her clothing was designed by Robert Best. Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Provencale Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and her clothing was designed by Robert Best. Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the Country Bound Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection and her clothing was designed by Robert Best. Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • WESTBURY, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Barbie dolls sit on a shelf at the KB Toys store November 25, 2002 in Westbury, New York. Retailers are hoping for large crowds this holiday season in spite of fears of a double-dip economic recession. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: The hot holiday gift the Statue of Liberty Barbie is seen in the FAO Schwarz store December 12, 2002 in New York City. There is no runaway best-selling toy this year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Mattel's The World of Barbie in the Nutcracker doll is on display in an undated photo. The World of Barbie in the Nutcracker doll is expected to be one of the best selling toys for the 2001 holiday season. (Photo by Mattel/Getty Images)
  • There are many ways to say 'I love you,' and for hearing-impaired people, one of the most common is through American Sign Language (ASL). Now anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about signing has an opportunity to do so with 'Sign Language Barbie,' currently available exclusively at Toys 'R' Us stores and on toysrus.com. Mattel worked with the National Center on Deafness at California State University in Northridge to ensure accuracy of the doll's hand signs. (Photo courtesy of Mattel)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Mary-Kate and Ashley Barbie collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Capucine Barbie Doll of the Fashion Model Barbie Collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Modern Circle Barbie Doll collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Simone Doll of the Modern Circle Barbie collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Toymaker Mattel features the Midge Barbie Doll of the Happy Family Barbie Collection collection at the 2003 Toy Fair February 16, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the Mystery Squad figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The dolls leverage the popularity of mystery play in an extension of the Barbie brand. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the Mystery Squad figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The dolls leverage the popularity of mystery play in an extension of the Barbie brand. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • A Malibu Barbie reproduction displayed at the International Toy Fair February 10,2002. Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures and accessories empahsizing themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures and accessories at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the Mystery Squad figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The dolls leverage the popularity of mystery play in an extension of the Barbie brand. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The new figures emphasized themes of haute couture, Hollywood, and celebrity. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Mattel's 2001 Holiday Celebration Barbie doll is on display in an undated photo. The doll's clothing is advertised as a commemoration of the year, showing her American roots via a beautiful gown decked with stars and accented with a festive red stole. 2001 Holiday Celebration Barbie doll is expected to be one of the best selling toys for the 2001 holiday season. (Photo by Mattel/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the Mystery Squad figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York. The dolls leverage the popularity of mystery play in an extension of the Barbie brand. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debutes the All That Glitters Barbie at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. The doll is part of the Barbie Diva Series Collection. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
  • A Gala Abend 1965 Barbie, valued at around 600-900 euros, is seen at Christie's auction house in London, 25 September 2006. Over 4,000 Barbie dolls, ranging from 1959 to 2002, will be auctioned 26 September, and the collection is expected to realise in excess of 150,000 euros. AFP PHOTO / JOHN D MCHUGH (Photo credit should read JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A 'J.K. Rowling' barbie doll by toymaker Mattel is exhibited at the 'International Toy Fair' in Nuremberg, southern Germany on February 4, 2010. The fair, the biggest of its kind in the world, will open from February 4 to 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP/ TIMM SCHAMBERGER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read TIMM SCHAMBERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie doll's 125th 'career', a news anchor, in the Mattel display at the annual Toy Fair, February 14, 2010 in New York. Girls voted online from five occupations and chose news anchor for the latest version of the popular doll, on sale in fall 2010. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: A Barbie doll kneading a pizza is pictured during the International Toy Fair on February 4, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products until February 9, 2010. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: Barbie dolls depicting tennis player Kim Clijsters and her daughter Jada of Belgium are displayed during the International Toy Fair on February 4, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products until February 9, 2010. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
  • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: The world's most expensive Barbie doll is on display at the Barbie Basics Collection Launch during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010/11 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay on May 4, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. RAFW is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, with more than 100 designers showcasing their collections in 63 shows during the five day event. (Photo by Robert Gray/Getty Images)
  • Barbies wearing cultural clothes from around the world, including a Burkha (L), are displayed during a touring exhibition at a book store in downtown Milan on November 29, 2010. The 500 Barbies outfitted by Italian designer Eliana Lorena were part of a charity auction at Sotheby's in London in 2009, in celebration of Barbie's 50th anniversary. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 03: A 'One Of A Kind Barbie' doll representing Silvia Neid, head coach of the German national women's football team, is seen at the Mattel stand during the International Toy Fair Nuernberg on February 3, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: A detail view of 'Barbie Puppy Swim School' which is on display at the Toy Retailers Association's annual 'Dream Toys' fair on October 27, 2010 in London, England. The Toy Retailers Association have today announced the toy industry's official prediction of the top 12 selling toys for Christmas. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
  • Barbies wearing cultural clothes from around the world, including a Burkha (L), are displayed during a touring exhibition at a book store in downtown Milan on November 29, 2010. The 500 Barbies outfitted by Italian designer Eliana Lorena were part of a charity auction at Sotheby's in London in 2009, in celebration of Barbie's 50th anniversary. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie dolls are on display at an exhibition in the northern German city of Hamburg on November 10, 2009. The exhibition runs from on November 14, 2009 to January 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP / DAVID HECKER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read DAVID HECKER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll is on display at the exhibition '50 years of Barbie' in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden. The exhibition runs to March 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP / JENS-ULRICH KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JENS-ULRICH KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • One of the two hundred Barbie dolls dressed in traditional flamenco outfits is displayed at the 'Poderie', an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the doll, on August 10, 2009 in Málaga, Southern Spain. The exhibition will be on display until August 23. The 29-centimeter (11.4-inch) beauty made her debut back at the 1959 New York Toy Fair, selling for three dollars, with outfits at between one and five dollars. (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
  • One of the two hundred Barbie dolls dressed in traditional flamenco outfits is displayed at the 'Poderie', an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the doll, on August 10, 2009 in Málaga, Southern Spain. The exhibition will be on display until August 23. The 29-centimeter (11.4-inch) beauty made her debut back at the 1959 New York Toy Fair, selling for three dollars, with outfits at between one and five dollars. (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie and Ken dolls are on display at the exhibition '50 years of Barbie' in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden. The exhibition runs to March 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP / JENS-ULRICH KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JENS-ULRICH KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: A Barbie doll depicting Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is displayed during the International Toy Fair on February 4, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products until February 9, 2010. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: The Barbie video doll is pictured during the International Toy Fair on February 4, 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany. 2,700 exhibitors from over 60 countries worldwide will present their new toy products until February 9, 2010. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll is on display at the exhibition '50 years of Barbie' in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden. The exhibition runs to March 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP / JENS-ULRICH KOCH GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read JENS-ULRICH KOCH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Model Juliane poses with a 'Barbie Video Girl' doll by Mattel, that is nominated for the Toy Award, on January 28, 2010 in Nuremberg during a press conference ahead of the International Toy fair. The fair, the biggest of its kind in the world, will open from February 4 to 9, 2010. AFP PHOTO DDP / TIMM SCHAMBERGER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read TIMM SCHAMBERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • Chinese-made dolls that imitate a well-known product of Barbie are displayed at a market in Jakarta on December 7, 2011. Barbie dolls with a variety of names are traded in Indonesia for around two USD. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Picture of imitations of Barbie dolls with a Guatemalan typical dress, on display while for sale at a market in Guatemala City on April 13, 2012. The Barbie imitations, wearing typical colourful dresses from the different regions of Guatemala, have great demand especially among tourists. AFP PHOTO/Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 03: A 'One Of A Kind Barbie' dolls representing German striker Birgit Prinz is seen at the Mattel stand during the International Toy Fair Nuernberg on February 3, 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
  • Chinese-made dolls that imitate a well-known product of Barbie are displayed at a market in Jakarta on December 7, 2011. Barbie dolls with a variety of names are traded in Indonesia for around two USD. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Picture of imitations of Barbie dolls with a Guatemalan typical dress, on display while for sale at a market in Guatemala City on April 13, 2012. The Barbie imitations, wearing typical colourful dresses from the different regions of Guatemala, have great demand especially among tourists. AFP PHOTO/Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 12: A Barbie doll is on display at 'Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience' on April 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: A view of Stephen Burrows' Pazette Barbie Doll at Stephen Burrows' Pazette Barbie Doll stands Pretty at the Designer's Spring/Summer 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Presentation event on September 13, 2012 in New York, United States. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Mattel)
  • A chef makes a Barbie doll themed cake during the opening ceremony of a Barbie-themed restaurant in Taipei on January 30, 2013. With hot pink sofas, high heels-shaped tables and chairs decorated with tutus, the first Barbie-themed restaurant opened in Taiwan on January 30 catering to fans of the iconic doll. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie dolls wearing outfits created by various fashion designers are on display at the 'Boudoir Showroom' of the Mercedes-Benz Fashionweek on July 1, 2009 in Berlin. From July 1 to July 5, 2009, designers from different countries are presenting their spring/summer 2010 collections. (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The toy doll Barbie appears in her various incarnations at Leuralla NSW toy and railway museum, as the iconic doll approaches her 50th birthday May 18, 2007. Barbie has worn the outfits of the great designers such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others, and has seen a career of almost 50 years of dramatic social, cultural and political changes. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
  • The toy doll Barbie appears in her various incarnations at Leuralla NSW toy and railway museum, as the iconic doll approaches her 50th birthday May 18, 2007. Barbie has worn the outfits of the great designers such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others, and has seen a career of almost 50 years of dramatic social, cultural and political changes. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
  • A Cheesehead Barbie Fan of the Green Bay Packers watches during the game against the Detriot Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport
  • NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Dolls of 'Barbie' and her friend 'Ken' in wedding dresses are pictured 02 February 2007 at the International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, southern Germany. More than 2,780 exhibitors from 60 countries will present their latest products during the fair running until 06 February. AFP PHOTO DDP/TIMM SCHAMBERGER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read TIMM SCHAMBERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll is held by curator Elizabeth Abbot at Leuralla NSW toy and railway museum, as the iconic doll approaches her 50th birthday May 18, 2007. Barbie has worn the outfits of the great designers such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others, and has seen a career of almost 50 years of dramatic social, cultural and political changes. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
  • A woman chooses from a range of dolls dressed in muslim hijab clothing on a display stand in a shop on July 12, 2007 in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. In August 2005, the Arrosa Muslim doll factory opened at a residential home with 7 female employees working on the production line; dressing generic Barbie look-a-like dolls that are produced in China in Muslim headscarves and clothing. Within 8 months of production, 800 dolls were sold out. (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)
  • A woman dresses and assembles packaging of 'Arrosa' dolls on July 12, 2007 in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. In August 2005, the Arrosa Muslim doll factory opened at a residential home with 7 female employees working on the production line; dressing generic Barbie look-a-like dolls, that are produced in China, in Muslim headscarves and clothing. Within 8 months of production, 800 dolls were sold out. (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)
  • The toy doll Barbie appears in her various incarnations at Leuralla NSW toy and railway museum, as the iconic doll approaches her 50th birthday May 18, 2007. Barbie has worn the outfits of the great designers such as Dior, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Versace and many others, and has seen a career of almost 50 years of dramatic social, cultural and political changes. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)
  • US toy giant Mattel and Japan's Sanrio unveil a Barbie doll 'Hello Kitty Barbie', wearing Hello Kitty character jacket, cap, bag and accesories at Sanrio's headquarters in Tokyo, 01 June 2007. Mattel and Sanrio will put the collector's item in the world market 01 September with a price of 5,040 yen (42 USD). AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Pink boxes of barbie dolls lie at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Barbie dolls lie at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Pink boxes of barbie dolls lie at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Pink boxes of barbie dolls lie at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: A Stars and Stripes Barbie is seen amongst pink boxes of barbie dolls at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - OCTOBER 11: The new Lets Dance Barbie Doll is displayed at the Deram Toys 2006 exhibition on October 11, 2006 in London, England. The annual event lines up the twelve most hotley tipped toys for Christmas. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
  • Mattel announced February 19, 2002 the release of this new multi-ethnic Barbie doll named 'Kayla,' who has slightly darker skin than caucasian Barbie and vaguely Asian facial features, but who still has the same body measurements and can wear the same clothes as her blonde, All-American counterpart. (Photo by Mattel/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Two Barbie dolls are seen at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • LONDON - SEPTEMBER 26: Pink boxes of barbie dolls lie at Christies South Kensington as part of a collection of 4,000 barbie dolls that will be auctioned today on September 26, 2006 in London, England. The collection is the biggest in private hands to be auctioned. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed in an outfit by designer Sandrine de Montard stands on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit hosts 50 Barbie dolls all dressed by 50 different designers. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed in an outfit by designer Margaux Lange stands on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit hosts 50 Barbie dolls all dressed by 50 different designers. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • The whole 1st floor shows the 29-centimeter (11.4-inch) beauty dressed up in outfits specially created by fashion designers such as Christian Lacroix, Gerard Darel, Sonia Rykiel, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. At left is the first Barbie doll, created in 1959. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • BERLIN - JUNE 30: Barbie dolls in outfits by fashion designers stand on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exihibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A visitor looks at a Barbie doll dressed in an outfit by designer Andrei Barteniev on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed with a giant bowtie hairdo stands on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit hosts 50 Barbie dolls all dressed by 50 different designers. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • Barbie dolls wearing outfits created by various fashion designers are on display at the 'Boudoir Showroom' of the Mercedes-Benz Fashionweek on July 1, 2009 in Berlin. From July 1 to July 5, 2009, designers from different countries are presenting their spring/summer 2010 collections. (Photo credit should read AXEL SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed in an outfit by designer Adeline Cacheaux stands on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit hosts 50 Barbie dolls all dressed by 50 different designers. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed in an outfit by designer AS 29 stands on display at the 'Barbie And Her Accessoires' exhibit, which marks 50 years of Barbie, at the Galeries Lafayette on June 30, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The exhibit hosts 50 Barbie dolls all dressed by 50 different designers. Berlin is hosting a series of fashion-related events this week, including the Bread and Butter and 5 Elements trade shows as well as the Berlin Fashion Week 2009. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
  • Yuko Kakihara, employee of US Mattel's Japanese subsidiary Mattel International, displays the Barbie doll 'My Melody Barbie', wearing Sanrio's rabbit character My Melody designed belt, bag, scarf and accesories in Tokyo on February 29, 2008. Mattel and Sanrio sold Hello Kitty Barbie last year and will start to sell the new collaborate doll on April 29 at the market of US, Canada, France, venezuela and Japan. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
  • LAS VEGAS - MAY 05: A Cher Barbie doll is seen at a Cher and Bette Midler boutique outside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace May 5, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cher's new show opens at Caesars on May 6, 2008. She is scheduled to perform 200 shows over a three-year span as she joins Bette Midler and Elton John as Caesars resident headliners. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
  • A woman dresses and assembles packaging of 'Arrosa' dolls on July 12, 2007 in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. In August 2005, the Arrosa Muslim doll factory opened at a residential home with 7 female employees working on the production line; dressing generic Barbie look-a-like dolls, that are produced in China, in Muslim headscarves and clothing. Within 8 months of production, 800 dolls were sold out. (Photo by Dimas Ardian/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: The new Patricia Field Barbie is displayed at the unveiling of the new Barbie and Barbie accessory line by Patricia Field at 302 Bowery on November 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
  • ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 28: Special edition Tarina Tarantino Barbie attends a special Tarina Tarantino doll signing at Downtown Disney on June 28, 2008 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed up in a creation of French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is displayed on April 6, 2009 in Paris during the 'Barbie Fashion show 2009', an exhibition dedicated to the world's most famous toy, that takes places at the Galerie Lafayette store from April 6 to 25, 2009 to celebrate her 50th birthday. (FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed up in a creation of French designer Karl Lagerferld is displayed on April 6, 2009 in Paris during the 'Barbie Fashion show 2009', an exhibition dedicated to the world's most famous toy, that takes places at the Galerie Lafayette store from April 6 to 25, 2009 to celebrate her 50th birthday. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Barbie dolls stand for sale at a toy store in New York, February 3, 2009. Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell far short of Wall Street forecasts. Sales of Mattel's signature Barbie dolls fell by more than 20 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2007 as the worst holiday shopping season in 40 years pounded toy sales. (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Barbie doll dressed by fashion designer Vera Wang stands for sale at a toy store in New York, February 3, 2009. Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell far short of Wall Street forecasts. Sales of Mattel's signature Barbie dolls fell by more than 20 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2007 as the worst holiday shopping season in 40 years pounded toy sales. (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
    
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Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

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