Essay about The Barbie Dolls By Ruth Handler

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The History of Barbie Barbie is the most popular doll in the world. She is a worldwide fashion muse and pop culture icon for girls of all ages. Barbie has worked with many designers over the years being created and improved. She creates an unrealistic body-image causing some women to go to extremes to look like her. Barbie is so popular she is collected and has had lawsuits over her.
The world’s famous Barbie dolls were created by Ruth Handler. She got the idea of Barbie from her two children playing with paper dolls, fantasizing different occupations for the dolls. On a trip to Europe in 1956, Handler bought three adult-figured dolls named Bild Lilli. They were exactly the type of dolls she had in mind and she brought them back to the Mattel Company to rework the design. Barbie was officially born on March 9, 1959 in New York at the American International Toy Fair. Handler came up with the name Barbie Millicent Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin; named after her daughter Barbara. Handler stated “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be.” Barbie has great patience undergoing a long process to be created. To make one Barbie it takes over one-hundred designers to make her absolutely perfect. She has seven different skin tones that depend on the session and her wardrobe. Barbie’s jaw dropping hair is seven different shades of blonde woven together in various ways to create highlights and lowlights. It is…

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