Happy Birthday Barbie

Screen shot 2009-11-18 at 8.05.27 PMBarbie turns 51 today. Happy Birthday Barbie.

My Barbie set on Flickr here.

From wikipedia: Barbie doll’s full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. 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.[9] In the Random House novels, Barbie attended Willows High School, while in 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[10]).

She has an on-off romantic relationship with her boyfriend Ken (Ken Carson), who first appeared in 1961. A news release from Mattel in February 2004 announced that Barbie and Ken had decided to split up, but in February 2009 they were back together again.[11][12]

Barbie has had over 40 pets including cats and dogs, horses, a panda, a lion cub, and a zebra. She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Corvette convertibles, trailers and jeeps. She also holds a pilot’s license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. Barbie’s careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including Miss Astronaut Barbie (1965), Doctor Barbie (1988) and Nascar Barbie (1998). As you can see Barbie has made it big in the world, hundreds being sold everyday.

Mattel has created a range of companions for Barbie, including Hispanic Teresa, Midge, African American Christie and Steven (Christie’s boyfriend). Barbie’s siblings and cousins were also created including Skipper, Todd (Stacie’s twin brother), Stacie (Todd’s twin sister), Kelly, Krissy, and Francie. Barbie was friendly with Blaine, an Australian surfer, during her split with Ken in 2004.[13]

4 Replies to “Happy Birthday Barbie”

  1. Good old Barbie. Last year at the Franz Mayer museum in Mexico City, they had a 50th anniversary exhibition which was incredibly popular…the queues were huge. Yep, mostly young girls, but still plenty of old timers too.

    I snapped a fair few photos – the main theme was on international and special edition Barbies. My snaps are here if you’re interested – http://bit.ly/clqcj3

  2. Surprised you didn’t mention the “Food Chain Barbie” lawsuit. Any photographer considering buying Mattel products should think long and hard about the hell they put Thomas Forsythe through.

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