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The History of Barbie Doll The idea of Barbie all started in 1959 when Ruth Handler Barbies creator noticed her daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls and imagining them in grown up roles such as college students cheerleaders and adults with careers Ruth realized that dolls on the market at that time were all baby dolls and that there was a need for a doll that would inspire little girls to think about what they wanted to be when they grew up Thus the idea for the Barbie doll the teenage fashion model was born Ruth named the doll Barbie after her daughter and now 40 years later this 19 billion-dollar-a-year industry is stronger then ever The Barbie doll started being released in early 1960 It first appeared in the now-famous black and white striped swimsuit and signature ponytail After producing this doll and one other know as Roman Holiday she began to be made with lighter blue eyes and a new type of vinyl that retains its flesh-tone color rather than whitening with age One year after her introduction number five was released She was made with different hair colors one of which was a shade of red known as titian and with a new Bubble Cut hairstyle popularized by Jacqueline Kennedy Enchanted Evening a lovely pink stain gown also debuted this year This fashion was a collectors favorite and was reproduced in 1996 Ken Barbies boyfriend was introduced this year with short blonde or brown hair blue eyes and moveable head arms and legs He was also a inch taller then Barbie Ken was named after Ruths son Kenny Barbie doll was now the hottest selling fashion doll on the market at this time In 1962 Barbie doll was still being made with a ponytail but the Bubble Cut was much more popular and was produced in much greater numbers Red was her color this year and
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