Biography• Created by Ruth Handler in 1959.• She suggested the idea to her husband who was a Matel co- founder after seeing her daughter play with adult paper dolls.• She realized there was a niche for adult fashion dolls in the U.S.• Within the first year, 350,000 dolls were sold.
Biography• “Born” Barbara Millicent Roberts, March 9, 1959, to George and Margaret Roberts.• She is from Willows, Wisconsin.• The oldest of seven children.
Skipper Tuttie & Todd Stacie & Todd 1964 1966 1992 Kelly Krissy Chelsea 1995 1999 2010
Barbie and Ken• Barbie met Ken Carson in 1961 on the set of a T.V. commercial. QuickTime™ and a GIF decompressor are needed to see this picture.
• She’s had over 100 jobs including: • Aerobics instructor • Stewardess • Teacher of multiple subjects • McDonalds Cashier • Mary Kay consultant • Cat Burglar • Dentist • Babysitter
Achievements• U.S. Gold Medalist in ice skating, skiing, swimming, and gymnastics.• Presidential Candidate• WNBA star• Veteran of the ArmedForces
Controversies• People believe that Barbie promotes an unrealistic body image, and children who emulate her will develop eating disorders.• In 2003 Barbie was outlawed in Saudi Arabia, because she doesn’t conform to the laws of Islam.