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Barbie has recently had her 40th birthday It all started in the 1950s when Ruth Handler saw her daughter Barbara and her friends playing with paper dolls They liked to imagin the dolls beeing different persons who were working swiming playing with friends etc Ruth who owned the company Mattel with her husband understood that pretending how the future would be was part of growing up for kids She did some research and found that there was room on the market for a doll like Barbie Mattel had been making lots of toys before Barbie but when Ruth said that she wanted them to make a small doll for kids all the men in the staff had their doubts Many different designs were done before the first Barbie was introduced on the 9th of march 1959 Barbie was named after Ruths daughter Barbie was then a teen-age fashion model who was very different to the dolls the kids played with at that time The buyers were at first skeptical to the doll but when Mattel started to make tv-commercials to reach out to the buyers it was an instant hit Barbie is still the most popular fashion doll ever created That is because she is always changing when the fashion and trends change She wears everything from the Paris fashion to the more youthful look For example the creaters changed her when the Beatles were popular and they made a copy of Jackie Kennedy when she was popular In the 1970s Barbie wore very different clothes just to be trendy She for example wore glittery disco outfits and got a suntan Her face was redone She now got an open-mouth smile In the 1980s Barbie kept changing This year she was everything from an aerobics instructor to a sophisticated working women And now in the 1990s Barbie has had 75 careers since 1959 Barbie has given lots of kids better
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