Barbie hit the shelves in 1959 and she’s been an icon ever since. In fact, according to Time magazine, 92% of American girls aged 3-12 have owned a Barbie. The astronaut/firefighter/president has been an inspiration to young people everywhere.
„My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,“ said creator Ruth Handler about the history of Barbie.
Barbie’s dabbled in every career possible but is always on and off with mostly just one beau: Ken.
Here’s a relationship timeline of our favorite plastic couple.
March 9, 1959: Barbie entered the New York Toy Fair.
Teenage fashion model Ms. Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin made her debut. She was sold for $3.00 at the time and in 2006, a mint condition edition sold for $27,450. Her first commercial aired during the Mickey Mouse Club.
1960: Barbie landed her first job.
From model to fashion designer, Barbie knew how to dress for the office in a smart pink two-piece set.
March 11, 1961: Ken arrived on the scene.
Officially „born“ on March 11, Ken is a Pisces; „loyal, supportive, compassionate and a DREAMER.“ From Mattel’s lore, he is named after founders Ruth and Elliot Handler’s son, Ken, and met Barbie on the set of their first television commercial together, where it was love at first sight. Clad in just red swim trunks with a yellow towel, the two versions of Ken that were originally sold were blonde Ken and brunette Ken, both with blue eyes and plastic hair.
In the 1960’s, fictional novels were published with backstories for Barbie and friends. Ken Carson was originally resigned to always be her on-again, off-again boyfriend, according to ThoughtCo. The first year of their relationship, Barbie stayed quite busy, holding positions as a professional ballerina, flight attendant, registered nurse, and singer.
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