Contact Us

Barbie Turns 53

(Getty Images)

Barbie turns 53 today.  It was back in 1959, the first Barbie doll went on display at the American Toy Fair in New York City.

Eleven inches tall with blond hair – it was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. Ruth Handler founded Mattel Toys with her husband in 1945 and she was the driving force behind Barbie after she watched her own daughter ignore her baby dolls to play make-believe with paper dolls of
adult women.

Barbie’s looks were actually modeled after Lilli, a German comic strip character and Handler named their doll after her own daughter, Barbara and they advertised it on the “Mickey Mouse Club”.  Barbie got to be so popular, Mattel made a boyfriend for Barbie.  Ken came out in 1961…named after the Handler’s son.  Barbie’s best friend, Midge, came out in 1963; her little sister, Skipper, debuted the following year.

Over the years, Barbie has had a series of different jobs, from airline stewardess, doctor, pilot and astronaut
to Olympic athlete and even U.S. presidential candidate. It was Barbie’s appearance that caused the most
controversy.  With a tiny waist and enormous breasts–it was estimated that if she were a real woman, her
measurements would be 36-18-38.

Barbie sales are estimated at a billion dollars annually. Since 1959, more than 800 million dolls in the Barbie family have been sold around the world.

GOT ALL THAT? Great! Take our Barbie Quiz!

More From WYRK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wyrk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!