History of ‘Barbie’

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Barbie turns 60

History of ‘Barbie’

 Health & Lifestyle Desk :: health-lifestyle-des

 Published: 01:24 PM, 2 January 2019   Updated: 01:24 PM, 2 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The iconic doll ‘Barbie’ is turning 60 in 2019. Here are a few key dates in the history of Barbie ---

March 9, 1959: Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York.

1961: Creation of Ken, Barbie’s on-off boyfriend. The two dolls are named for creator Ruth Handler’s children.

1965: Barbie becomes an astronaut, four years before Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon. To date, she has tried nearly 200 careers.

1965: Barbie gets bendable legs.

1967: The first celebrity Barbie is issued — in the form of British model Twiggy.

1968: Mattel markets the first black doll; a friend for Barbie named Christie. In 1980, the first Black Barbie is marketed.

1970: The first fully articulated Barbie is created.

1992: Barbie is a presidential candidate for the first time.

2004: Barbie dumps Ken for a surfer named Blaine, the brother of one of her friends. But the relationship only lasts a short time.

February 14, 2011: Ken officially returns to Barbie’s life.

2014: Mattel produces Ella, a bald friend of Barbie suffering from cancer. She is given free to children going through chemotherapy who have lost their hair.

2016: Barbie makes the front page of Time magazine when she is introduced in several new looks: tall, petite and curvy.