33 Fun Facts to Celebrate Barbie’s 58th Birthday

Today is Barbie‘s 58th birthday – and she doesn’t look a day over 25! Here are 33 fun facts you may or may not know about the world’s favourite doll and cultural icon:

  1. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
  2. She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin where she attended High School
  3. Barbie’s official birthday is, today, March 9, 1959 – the exact date she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair
  4. Barbie first appeared in the now-famous black-and-white striped swimsuit
  5. Barbie doll’s debut look was polished off with her signature ponytail – a hair style representative of the times (1959)
  6. The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00
  7. Barbie’s first pet was a horse named Dancer
  8. Barbie’s signature colour is Barbie™ Pink (PMS 219)
  9. Barbie stands 11.5 inches tall
  10. The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair™ doll, with hair from the top of her head to her toes
  11. Barbie has had 180+ inspirational careers
  12. Every year since 2011, Barbie has introduced a career that has been under-represented by women – some of those careers include computer engineer, architect, entrepreneur and film director
  13. Today, a mint condition “#1” (1959 Barbie doll) can fetch as much as $27,450 at auction, as was the case with an extremely rare #1 blonde doll in a May 2006 auction held by Sandi’s Doll Attic.
  14. The most expensive Barbie, however, was designed in partnership with Australian jewellery designer Stefano Canturi to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The doll sold for $302,500 at auction in 2010.
  15. The Barbie collecting craze really took off in the 1990s, thanks to the advent of eBay and the introduction of designer Barbie dolls, including the Bob Mackie Gold Barbie, which featured 5,000 hand-sewn golden sequin accents.
  16. Barbie first broke through the plastic ceiling as a business executive in 1985
  17. Barbie travelled into space in 1965, four years before man walked on the moon
  18. Although she has never won an election, Barbie has run for president 6 times since 1992.
  19. It takes a professional staff of top fashion designers, makeup artists and the most elite couturiers – more than 100 people in all – to create a Barbie doll and her fashions
  20. Barbie has been a muse to many artists over the past 5+ decades – including Andy Warhol and Peter Max
  21. @BarbieStyle launched in 2014 and quickly reached 1.2 million followers – it is one of the fastest growing fashion Instagram channels to date
  22. In 2015, Barbie launched her first video blog (vlog) on YouTube
  23. To date, Barbie has starred in more than 30 DVDs taking on roles from a superhero to rockstar
  24. Fifty of the world’s top designers created couture looks for the first-ever Barbie runway show in celebration of Barbie dolls 50th birthday
  25. Barbie is the most popular fashion doll ever produced, and the brand continues to dominate sales in the fashion doll segment with gross sales in 2014 of $1.01 billion worldwide.
  26. Since 2011, the brand has consistently produced worldwide annual gross sales in excess of $1 billion.
  27. Barbie is the No.1 doll property in the US
  28. Barbie made her European debut in 1961
  29. Barbie doll was introduced to India in 1987
  30. Barbie has represented more than 40 different nationalities
  31. Barbie dolls are sold in 150 countries
  32. As a pop culture icon, Barbie is in more than 45 consumer product categories
  33. In Mexico, Barbie has her own awards show honouring inspirational women each year

Phew, well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed these fun facts. If you have any Barbie facts of your own be sure to share them in the comments section below…

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