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.
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 ShopIntuition.com for $25.