Barbie celebrated 50 legendary years as a fashion icon & pop culture princess this last week. So many celebrated the diva, including Volkswagen who helped Mattel create the ultimate Barbie dream car –a life-size pink Malibu Barbie New Beetle convertible–which I seriously want!!! SERIOUSLY… I WANT IT!!!
Anyways, here are some facts that you might not know about the doll! The prototype for the Barbie was actually based on something called “Bild-Lilli,” which was a sex toy based on a European newspaper cartoon character who was a prostitute.
Ruth Handler — the brains behind Barbie—nammed Barbie and Ken after her own two children, who hated the dolls.
Barbie’s full name: Barbie Millicent Roberts.
In 1959, the first Barbie doll cost $3. Thus far, the most that’s been paid for a mint-condition No. 1 Barbie is $27,450.
Barbie’s hair comes in 7 different shades of blond –woven in various combinations to create highlights and lowlights. This could explain why the best-selling Barbie to date is Totally Hair Barbie with locks 10-1/2 inches long.
Barbie’s favorite eye shadow colour is brown, she comes in 11 different skin tones and 90% of kids have owned one!!! I’m part of the 10%…
There you go! Long live Barbie! Let’s just hope she gains a little fat in the next couple of years–if models need to have a minimum body fat index to be in fashion shows, Barbie should have a minimum size to be on shelves!!! (haha sorry–I loved Cabbage Patch Kids! lol)