The 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.
The first Barbie doll shown at New York Toy Fair in 1959.
Courtesy of Barbie Media & Mattel
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.
Nickolay Lamm wanted to show us what Barbie would look like as an average woman and he explains why in the video below.