Barbie Facts & TechnologyThe full name of the first doll was Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Willows, Wisconsin. Barbie's job was that of teenage fashion model. However, the doll has been made in versions connected to over 125 different careers.
She came as either a brunette or blond, and in 1961 red hair was added. In 1980, the first African American Barbie and Hispanic Barbie were introduced, however, Barbie did have a black friend named Christie who was introduced in 1969.
The first Barbie was sold for $3. Additional clothing based on the latest runway trends from Paris were sold, costing from $1 to $5. In the first year (1959), 300,000 Barbie dolls were sold. Today, a mint condition "#1" (1959 Barbie doll) can fetch as much as $27,450. To date, over 70 fashion designers have made clothes for Mattel, using over 105 million yards of fabric.
There has been some controversy over Barbie Doll's figure when it was realized that if Barbie was a real person her measurements would be an impossible 36-18-38. Barbie's "real" measurements are 5 inches (bust), 3 ¼ inches (waist), 5 3/16 inches (hips). Her weight is 7 ¼ ounces, and her height is 11.5 inches tall.
In 1965, Barbie first had bendable legs, and eyes that open and shut. In 1967, a Twist 'N Turn Barbie was released that had a moveable body that twisted at the waist.
The best-selling Barbie doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair Barbie, with hair from the top of her head to her toes.
- First Barbie Doll 1959
- 1961 Ken Doll
- 1960 Dream House For Barbie Doll
- 1969 Christie Doll
- 1979 Barbie Dream House
- 1980 African American Barbie Doll
- 1980 Hispanic Barbie
- 1990s Barbie Doll & Ken Doll
- 2008 Barbie 3-Story Dream House
- 2008 Barbie Doll as a TV Chef
- Sweet Talkin Ken