Barbie Turns 50!

barbieGuess who’s birthday it is that doesn’t look a day older than when she was first born? Yes, that’s right, Barbara Millicent Roberts who is popularly known as the infamous Barbie. The Mattel doll made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. And now, she is 50!


The birth of Barbie was Ruth Handler’s idea, as she watched her daughter Barbara play with dolls giving them an adult persona. The “problem” was that most dolls during the mid 20th century were infants so kids could play mommy. There was not a doll out there that represented an adult woman, so Mrs. Handler decided to create a doll with physical characteristics of a grown lady. Some criticized her during this time, but a true legend was born- Barbie, named after Handler’s daughter Barbara.


Over the course of her life, she has an off-and-on romantic relationship with Ken Carson, owns numerous animals, and has developed many friends. She has had a great 50 years.


To celebrate her life, there is a lot of Barbie memorabilia. MadameDaily’s favorite is the Smooth Barbie Tee below.  It can be found at for $25.  

 Barbie Smooch Tee (, $25.00)





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