Barbie is just a nickname. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (The doll was named after the Mattel founders' daughter).
That blond, blond hair may scream Southern California, but this doll is actually from Willows, Wisconsin. (Note: Not a real place.)
Again, don't fall prey to the dumb blonde stereotype—Barbie's got brains. Anyone who has seen "Toy Story III" knows what we mean.
Au contraire. Barbie has had more than 180 inspirational careers in her lifetime— everything from architect to zoo doctor.
Actually, she was a lot more expensive when she debuted in 1959. Adjusting for inflation, her original $3 price tag would be more than $23 in today's dollars. Meanwhile, you can get a standalone Barbie—sans accessories—for under $10 most places.
Actually, she's one of a large brood. Her siblings include Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, Krissy, Kelly, Tutti and Todd.
Somehow, Barbie has never been a bride. But that fact didn't dissuade this photographer from giving Barbie and Ken the ultimate modern wedding.
There's plenty to critique in Barbie's long history. But if self-determination is one of the core tenets of feminism, then Barbie has always held a certain promise.
In the words of Ruth Handler, the woman who invented her: "My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices."
And in advance of International Women's Day 2018, Mattel is making that promise, eveintroducing dolls to honor 14 modern-day sheroes (think: Chloe Kim) and three historical icons (including Katherine Johnson, of "Hidden Figures" fame).
In 2017, Barbie was all for marriage equality.
While she hasn't held office (yet!), she's run for president a half-dozen times.
Hey, weirder things have happened.
In real life, the original Barbie wouldn't be able to stand up straight. "If Barbie were an actual woman, she would be 5'9" tall, have a 39" bust, an 18" waist, 33" hips and a size 3 shoe. She likely would not menstruate ... she'd have to walk on all fours due to her proportions."
Now that there are different Barbies—curvy, tall, petite in addition to original—the dimensions are slightly more realistic. Emphasis on slightly.
Have you checked her Instagram account? At 1.9 million-plus followers, she was one of the fastest-growing Insta channels to date. (Check @barbiestyle to see why.)
Sure, she was in all those "Toy Story" movies. But now what?
Something big, actually. There's a live-action Barbie movie slated for 2020, starring Anne Hathaway.
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