The following BarbieÒ Fun Facts are courtesy of Mattel, Inc. I think that even long-time collectors will find some delightful facts about their favorite 11 1/2" fashion doll here!
BARBIE® FUN FACTS
BarbieÒdoll has kept up with the times and trends since her debut in 1959. In matters from career, to family and friends, to fashion, she is right there changing along with girls and the world. Some fun facts to boost your Barbie I.Q. . .
What glass ceiling?
1. BarbieÒdoll has had more than 80 careers -- everything from a rock star to a paleontologist to a presidential candidate.
2. BarbieÒdoll's first career was a teenage fashion model.
3. BarbieÒGoes to College was introduced in 1964.
4. Army BarbieÒ, introduced in 1992, represented a medic Sergeant enlisted in Desert Storm.
5. The first Olympic athlete BarbieÒwas introduced in 1975; she is competing again as an Olympic swimmer in 2000.
6. Summit BarbieÒdolls were introduced in the 1980s to commemorate the end of the cold war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
7. BarbieÒdoll represented a candidate for President in 1992 and is running again in 2000 with a platform of opportunities for girls, educational excellence and animal rights.
8. The military series of BarbieÒdolls, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps went through approvals by the Pentagon to ensure the most realistic costumes.
9. BarbieÒdoll represented an astronaut in 1965, 1986 and 1994.
10.In 1997, Share A Smile® Becky® was the first Mattel, Inc. fashion doll introduced with a wheelchair.
11.The Barbie™ Sport collection, including a clothing line and sport-related dolls, was introduced by Mattel in 1998 to allow girls to play out their athletic aspirations every day.
It's a global village these days . . .
12.BarbieÒdoll was introduced in Europe in 1961.
13.Italian was the first nationality BarbieÒ doll represented in the Dolls of the World® Collection.
14.Quinceanera TeresaÒdoll was released in Mexico in 1994 to celebrate Girls Day.
15.The BarbieÒdoll is currently marketed in more than 150 nations around the world.
16.Placed head to toe, BarbieÒdolls and family members sold since 1959 would circle the earth more than seven times.
17.Every second, two BarbieÒdolls are sold somewhere in the world.
18.One of the latest nationality BarbieÒdoll is Spanish Barbie, released in 2000 wearing an ensemble inspired by the "traje de luces" (suit of lights) worn by toreadors.
19.BarbieÒdoll has represented 45 different nationalities.
20.The first black and Hispanic BarbieÒ dolls were introduced in 1980.
21.Freundshcafts (Friendship) BarbieÒwas introduced in 1990 to commemorate the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.
Life of the party . . .
22.BarbieÒdoll has had over 43 pets including 21 dogs, 12 horses, 3 ponies, 6 cats, a parrot, a chimpanzee, a panda, a lion cub, a giraffe and a zebra.
23.The best selling BarbieÒdoll ever was Totally Hair BarbieÒ, with hair from the top of her head to her toes.
24.The full name of BarbieÒdoll is "Barbie Millicent Roberts." She is from Willows, Wisconsin and went to Willows High School.
25.BarbieÒ doll has five sisters, SkipperÒ, introduced in 1964, Tutti, a twin introduced in 1966, StacieÒin 1992, KellyÒin 1995 and Krissy™ in 1999.
26.BarbieÒdoll's boyfriend, KenÒdoll made his debut two years after Barbie, in 1961.
27.KenÒdoll was named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler.
28.The first celebrity to join the BarbieÒ doll family was fashion model Twiggy in 1967 and the M. C. Hammer doll, complete with a cassette of his songs, was added in 1991.
29.BarbieÒdoll's first pet was a horse named Dancer.
30.BarbieÒdoll's best friend, MidgeÒwas introduced in 1963 and then again in 1988 as California MidgeÒ.
31.Consumers can now use their computers and the Internet to customize their friend of the Barbie® doll through My Design™, launched in 1998.
32.1999 was the first year that a family member of the Barbie® doll was introduced into the line as a large-scale doll, Cuddly Soft™ Kelly®.
33.Doll collecting is second only to stamp collecting as the most popular collecting hobby in America -- BarbieÒdoll is collected by women, men and children around the world.
34.The BarbieÒPolaroid I-zone is an instant camera that allows girls to create postage-size sticky pictures of all their fun activities.
Fashion police sign off -- BarbieÒ doll's record is sparkling
35.Close to 1 billion fashions have been produced since 1959 for BarbieÒand her friends.
36.More than 105 million yards of fabric have gone into making BarbieÒdoll and her friends' fashions, making Mattel one the largest apparel manufacturers in the world.
37.BarbieÒ doll has had more than a billion pair of shoes and over one hundred new additions to her wardrobe annually.
38.BarbieÒ doll's signature color is Barbie pink.
39.The "BarbieÒ Fashion DesignerÒ" CD ROM was the best-selling software title of the 1996 holiday season.
40.BarbieÒdoll's collection of couture includes designs by Givenchy, Versace, Dolce & Gabana, Vera Wang and Gucci.
41.The BarbieÒclothing line for real girls includes knit tops, bootleg pants, backpacks, sleepwear and accessories.
A dazzling debut . . .
42.BarbieÒ doll was introduced in 1959 and first appeared in the now-famous black and white striped swimsuit and signature ponytail.
43.The inventor of the BarbieÒdoll is Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel. She named the doll after her daughter, Barbara.
44.The first BarbieÒ doll sold for $3.00.
45.During the first year of her introduction in 1959, 351,000 BarbieÒdolls were sold.
46.An original 1959 BarbieÒ doll in mint condition has sold for up to $10,000.
Right here, right now. . .
47.BarbieÒ doll is currently a $1.5 billion dollar-per-year industry.
48.In 2000, BarbieÒ doll has a belly button for the first time.
49.In 1999, BarbieÒ doll walked by herself for the first time and in 2000, she inline skates by herself.
50.BarbieÒdoll celebrated 40 years as the world's most popular fashion doll in 1999.
51.BarbieÒCD ROMs have been the best selling children's software titles in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
52.The latest Barbie® Software for Girls® is the Barbie® Magic Genie Bottle and CD-ROM that lets girls interact with a 3-D adventure game.
53.BarbieÒentered the world of electronics in 1999 with the e-Secret™.
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