Barbie and Ken Both dolls are named after the children of creator Ruth Handler - Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts , and Ken’s is Kenneth Carson , who sounds like a man who does your taxes. \Seriously, a real doll. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly. ", "Curvy Barbie: is it the end of the road for the thigh gap? Barbara Millicent Roberts, nicknamed Barbie, is a popular doll and fashion icon and has been one since her launch on March 9th 1959, with the iconic black and white striped strapless swimsuit. "[57] The 2003 Saudi ban was temporary. Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser. Adolph Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor. Ironically, though, the real Barbie was 17 by the time the doll debuted, and therefore was not particularly interested in being associated with the child's toy. [72] On September 26, 2006, a Barbie doll set a world record at auction of £9,000 sterling (US$17,000) at Christie's in London. Among these were Cinco De Mayo Barbie, Spanish Barbie, Peruvian Barbie, Mexican Barbie and Puerto Rican Barbie. Most people know her by the name "Barbie," and she has been a controversial figure from the start. ", "Midnight Red Barbie Doll sets auction record", "Welcome to the official Mattel site for Barbie Collector", BarbieCollector.com – Welcome to the official Mattel site for Barbie Collector, "Mattel releases second edition of 'Day of the Dead' Barbie", "Barbie-in-a-blender artist wins $1.8 million award", "After Frida Kahlo Barbie Debacle, Licensing Company Sues Artist's Relative", "Mattel Loses Trade Mark Battle with 'Barbie, "Ken Dumps Barbie "It's over!" ", "Christian Louboutin explains Barbie "fat ankle" comments", "Generation Next: A newly youthful Barbie takes Manhattan", The Storybook Romance Comes To An End For Barbie And Ken, "Valentine's Day Surprise! Louis Marx and Company sued Mattel in March 1961. Then again, Barbara Millicent Roberts is a doll. ( According to these stories, Barbie is a high school student from a fictional town in Wisconsin. Dittmar, Halliwell, and Ive gave picture books to girls age 5–8, one with photos of Barbie and the other with photos of Emme, a doll with more realistic physical features. Ves we, se puede editar y se puede poner cualquier cosa :V. While controversial, Barbie has earned her sales primarily through her skinny waist and long legs! underweight for a woman 5 feet 9 inches tall. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration. They say you can take the girl out of Malibu, but you can't take Malibu out of the girl! 546 Barbie has frequently been the target of parody: In June 2001, MGA Entertainment launched the Bratz series of dolls, a move that gave Barbie her first serious competition in the fashion doll market. Barbie's real full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts which people found out when the official Twitter account wrote 'Happy Siblings Day, from … Barbie hails from the Midwest. The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer. The Barbie Doll, introduced in 1959, has a back story: Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, named after creator Ruth Handler’s real-life daughter. Seriously, a real doll. Barbara Millicent Roberts is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. [64][65], In July 2010, Mattel released "Barbie Video Girl", a Barbie doll with a pinhole video camera in its chest, enabling clips of up to 30 minutes to be recorded, viewed, and uploaded to a computer via a USB cable. 216 (I do not have a history for their middle names.) 'Curvy Barbie' received a great deal of media attention[37][38][39] and even made the cover of Time magazine with the headline 'Now Can We Stop Talking About My Body?'. Barbie is named after creator Ruth Handler's own daughter Barbara (Ken — whose last name is apparently Carson — is named after her son). She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Beetle and Corvette convertibles, trailers, and Jeeps. [17], The Economist has emphasized the importance of Barbie to children's imagination:.mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, From her early days as a teenage fashion model, Barbie has appeared as an astronaut, surgeon, Olympic athlete, downhill skier, aerobics instructor, TV news reporter, vet, rock star, doctor, army officer, air force pilot, summit diplomat, rap musician, presidential candidate (party undefined), baseball player, scuba diver, lifeguard, fire-fighter, engineer, dentist, and many more....When Barbie first burst into the toy shops, just as the 1960s were breaking, the doll market consisted mostly of babies, designed for girls to cradle, rock and feed. It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.[9]. Fab friends, fun food. [6] This date is also used as Barbie's official birthday. The Impact of Girls’ Age and Gender Role Orientation on Preferences for Barbie Versus Bratz.". In addition, facial features, skin tones, hair texture, and names were all altered. 4 Interracial marriage in the United Sates was banned in 1664 and not overturned until 1967. It is most often associated with pre-teenage and adolescent females but is applicable to any age group or gender. Barbie was friendly with Blaine, an Australian surfer, during her split with Ken in 2004. A modern Barbie doll has a body made from ABS plastic, while the head is made from soft PVC. He was unenthusiastic about the idea, as were Mattel's directors. The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18 is around $233,610. In October 1992, Mattel announced that Teen Talk Barbie would no longer say the phrase, and offered a swap to anyone who owned a doll that did. Rodrigo Alves, the "Human Ken Doll", has undergone over £373,000 worth of cosmetic procedures to match the appearance of Barbie's male counterpart. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. In 2004, sales figures showed that Bratz dolls were outselling Barbie dolls in the United Kingdom, although Mattel maintained that in terms of the number of dolls, clothes, and accessories sold, Barbie remained the leading brand. [111], "Barbie syndrome" is a term that has been used to depict the desire to have a physical appearance and lifestyle representative of the Barbie doll. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Barbie's appearance has been changed many times, most notably in 1971 when the doll's eyes were adjusted to look forwards rather than having the demure sideways glance of the original model. In the Random House novels, Barbie attended Willows High School; while in the Generation Girl books, published by Golden Books in 1999, she attended the fictional Manhattan International High School in New York City (based on the real-life Stuyvesant High School). The doll transmits data back to a service called ToyTalk, which according to Forbes, has a terms of service and privacy policy that allow it to “share audio recordings with third party vendors who assist us with speech recognition,” and states that “recordings and photos may also be used for research and development purposes, such as to improve speech recognition technology and artificial intelligence algorithms and create better entertainment experiences.”[68], In March 2018, in time for International Women's Day, Mattel unveiled the "Barbie Celebrates Role Models" campaign with a line of 17 dolls, informally known as "sheroes", from diverse backgrounds "to showcase examples of extraordinary women". The doll was a Barbie in Midnight Red from 1965 and was part of a private collection of 4,000 Barbie dolls being sold by two Dutch women, Ietje Raebel and her daughter Marina. The book was written by Dr. Seuss as part of a bet with a publisher that he couldn't write a book only 50 words. She also holds a pilot's license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. Instead of using the same molds for the Caucasian Barbies, new ones were created. Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above using men to get it. [11] In addition, the brand has had two television specials in 1987, Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World and Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth, as well as a hit song, "Barbie Girl" (1997) by Aqua. [31] In 1963, the outfit "Barbie Baby-Sits" came with a book entitled How to Lose Weight which advised: "Don't eat!". [71], Mattel estimates that there are well over 100,000 avid Barbie collectors. Barbie has had over 40 pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. [77] In 2020, Mattel introduced the Dia De Muertos collectible Barbie doll, the second collectible released as part of the company's La Catrina line which was launched in 2019.[78]. [3], During a trip to Europe in 1956 with her children Barbara and Kenneth, Ruth Handler came across a German toy doll called Bild Lilli. Most people know her by the name "Barbie," and she has been a controversial figure from the start. Also in The Simpsons, the crazy cat lady has the real name Eleanor Abernathy. Barbie's real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she's named after the daughter of Mattel's co-founders, Ruth and Elliot Handler. In 1964, Mattel bought Greiner & Hausser's copyright and patent rights for the Bild-Lilli doll for $21,600.[7][8]. One of these 270 phrases was "Math class is tough!". ", Forman-Brunell, Miriam. After licensing Lilli, they claimed that Mattel had “infringed on Greiner & Hausser's patent for Bild-Lilli’s hip joint, and also claimed that Barbie was "a direct take-off and copy" of Bild-Lilli. / Ninety percent are women, at an average age of 40, purchasing more than twenty Barbie dolls each year. The Lilli doll was first sold in Germany in 1955, and although it was initially sold to adults, it became popular with children who enjoyed dressing her up in outfits that were available separately.[5]. View the profiles of people named Barbara Millicent Roberts. She is the best at planning parties and occasions out of all her friends. [48] In September 2009, Mattel introduced the So In Style range, which was intended to create a more realistic depiction of African American people than previous dolls. [73], In recent years, Mattel has sold a wide range of Barbie dolls aimed specifically at collectors, including porcelain versions, vintage reproductions, and depictions of Barbie as a range of characters from film and television series such as The Munsters and Star Trek. She has a significant impact on social values by conveying characteristics of female independence, and with her multitude of accessories, an idealized upscale life-style that can be shared with affluent friends. "Widerlegt! She has blonde hair and sky blue eyes, though her characters in some movies have brown or green eyes, such as Mariposa and Elina. [54], In July 1992, Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie, which spoke a number of phrases including "Will we ever have enough clothes? [1] The doll has transformed the toy business in affluent communities worldwide by becoming a vehicle for the sale of related merchandise (accessories, clothes, friends of Barbie, etc.). Click to see full answer Just so, how old is Barbie in Life in the Dreamhouse? [19] The event showcased fashions contributed by fifty well-known haute couturiers including Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie, and Christian Louboutin. ... though the full name is an homage to the real-life daughter of co-creators Ruth and Elliot Handler. Carbee's collage art was presented in the 2016 Barbie exhibit at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in the section about visuals artists who have been inspired by Barbie. ", Helga Dittmar, Emma Halliwell, and Suzanne Ive, "Does Barbie make girls want to be thin? "Who Likes Bratz? Upon her return to the United States, Handler redesigned the doll (with help from engineer Jack Ryan) and the doll was given a new name, Barbie, after Handler's daughter Barbara. Her favourite movie is 'Saturn Romantic: The Sequel.'. ", Karniol, Rachel, Tamara Stuemler‐Cohen, and Yael Lahav‐Gur. Realizing that there could be a gap in the market, Handler suggested the idea of an adult-bodied doll to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. ... but the people at Quaker affectionately know him as “Larry. Barbara Millicent Roberts, often known simply as Barbie, is a blond hair, blue-eyed doll that has been around since 1959. Part of the reason for this change was due to declining sales. [100] In 2005, figures showed that sales of Barbie dolls had fallen by 30% in the United States, and by 18% worldwide, with much of the drop being attributed to the popularity of Bratz dolls. [74][75] There are also collector's edition dolls depicting Barbie dolls with a range of different ethnic identities. "'Boys can be anything': Effect of Barbie play on girls’ career cognitions. However, she was produced using the existing head molds for the white Francie doll and lacked African characteristics other than a dark skin. Next time, I leave the girl in Malibu. Starting in 1980, it produced Hispanic dolls, and later came models from across the globe. In a series of novels published by Random House in the 1960s, her parents' names are given as George and Margaret Roberts from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin. "[29], Criticisms of Barbie are often centered around concerns that children consider Barbie a role model and will attempt to emulate her. Ken and Barbie didn't offically break up in 2011, but greenpeace broke up them up because her packaging was destroying the rainforests. Ruth Handler, who cofounded Mattel with her husband, Elliot, spearheaded the introduction of the doll. The doll was unsuccessful and Mattel recalled the unsold stock, making it sought after by collectors. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for over fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parodies of the doll and her lifestyle. Likewise, people ask, what is Barbie's age? [104][105] On appeal, a stay was granted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the Court also overturned the District Court's original ruling for Mattel, where MGA Entertainment was ordered to forfeit the entire Bratz brand. everyone called her Barbie. Barbie started out as a teenage fashion model. For example, in 2007, it introduced "Cinco de Mayo Barbie" wearing a ruffled red, white, and green dress (echoing the Mexican flag). She also has had close Hispanic friends, such as Teresa. Barbie's real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and she's named after the daughter of Mattel's co-founders, Ruth and Elliot Handler. = [112] This syndrome is seen as a form of body dysmorphic disorder and results in various eating disorders as well as an obsession with cosmetic surgery. Handler reportedly came up with the idea for a three-dimensional fashion doll while watching her daughter … 8. [59] In Iran, the Sara and Dara dolls, which were introduced in March 2002, are available as an alternative to Barbie, even though they have not been as successful. Why There Is No Such Thing As A Toxic Barbie". Sherman, Aurora M., and Eileen L. Zurbriggen. She is voiced by America Young and her singing voice is provided by Elli Moore. Barbie products include not only the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a large range of Barbie branded goods such as books, apparel, cosmetics, and video games. Personality [edit | edit source] She is intelligent, sweet, kind, brave, caring and helpful. Barbara Millicent Roberts, typically known as Barbie, is the lead character and the protagonist of the show Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. [60], In November 2014, Mattel received criticism over the book I Can Be a Computer Engineer, which depicted Barbie as being inept at computers and requiring that her two male friends complete all of the necessary tasks to restore two laptops after she accidentally infects her and her sister's laptop with a malware-laced USB flash drive. Then again, Barbara Millicent Roberts is a doll. In 2015, The Andy Warhol Foundation then teamed up with Mattel to create an Andy Warhol Barbie. ! She is also a supporting character in the My Scene films as well as in the Pixar films Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful. [32] The same book was included in another ensemble called "Slumber Party" in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs.,[32] which would be around 35 lbs. Forty-five percent of them spend upwards of $1000 a year. [116] Sporting the same nickname, Justin Jedlica, the American businessman, has also received multiple cosmetic surgeries to enhance his Ken-like appearance. Although only about 1.5% of all the dolls sold said the phrase, it led to criticism from the American Association of University Women. [40][41], Although Barbie had been criticized for its unrealistic-looking "tall and petite" dolls, the company has increating been offering more dolls set to more realistic standards in order to help promote positive body image. A. R. B. I. E. BARBIE GIRLS WORLD!!! [63], In March 2000, stories appeared in the media claiming that the hard vinyl used in vintage Barbie dolls could leak toxic chemicals, causing danger to children playing with them. In 1990, Mattel created a focus group with African American children and parents, early childhood specialists, and clinical psychologist, Darlene Powell Hudson. In 2006, researchers Helga Dittmar, Emma Halliwell, and Suzanne Ive conducted an experiment testing how dolls, including Barbie, affect self-image in young girls. The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice warned, "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Everything Barbie Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. The claim was described as an overreaction by Joseph Prohaska, a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She went to High School at the Manhattan International High School in New York City and also high school in Willows, Wisconsin. The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Bild. 266 Her full name was revealed in a series of authorized novels published in the 1960s. [40] Despite the curvy doll's body shape being equivalent to a US size 4 in clothing,[37] many children regard her as 'fat'. Hispanic magazine reports that: [O]ne of the most dramatic developments in Barbie's history came when she embraced multi-culturalism and was released in a wide variety of native costumes, hair colors and skin tones to more closely resemble the girls who idolized her. [62] Mattel later removed the book from sale on Amazon in response to the criticism. , The painting sold at auction at Christie's, London for $1.1 million. Mattel owner Ruth Handler named Barbara Millicent Roberts & Kenneth Sean Carson for her children, Barbie & Ken Handler. [10] The standard dolls are approximately 11½ inches tall. 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[26] The pair officially reunited in Valentine's Day 2011.[27]. The doll was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model," with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. On November 30, 2010, the FBI issued a warning in a private memo that the doll could be used to produce child pornography, although it stated publicly that there was "no reported evidence that the doll had been used in any way other than intended. Trisha Leigh Zeigenhorn. ", In an interview with M.G.Lord, the author of, Ziobro, "Mattel to Add Curvy, Petite, Tall Barbies: Sales of the doll have fallen at double-digit rate for past eight quarters. In a series of novels published by Random House in the 1960s, her parents' names are given as George and Margaret Roberts from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin. [61] Critics complained that the book was sexist, as other books in the I Can Be... series depicted Barbie as someone who was competent in those jobs and did not require outside assistance from others. [18], In 2009, Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday. Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. [114][115] She stated that she has only had breast implants and relies heavily on make up and contacts to alter her appearance. Barbara Millicent Roberts. [56], In September 2003, the Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia outlawed the sale of Barbie dolls and franchises, stating that they did not conform to the ideals of Islam. 6 months ago. She also loves her gadgets and technology. [20][21], Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Barbie is, in case you hadn't copped, just a nickname. Mattel later removed the book from sale on Amazon in response to mothers about. 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