1. Barbie is just a nickname. Barbie® doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
2. Barbie® doll’s official birthday is March 9, 1959.
3. A Swiss older lady was the inspiration for Barbie®. Ruth Handler was inspired to create Barbie® after seeing the ‘Bild Lilli’ doll in Switzerland, and& noticed her daughter liked playing with dolls that resembled older woman, instead of babies.
4. Barbie® doll has had 180+ inspirational careers
5. Barbie® first appeared in the now-famous black-and-white striped swimsuit.
6. Barbie® doll’s first pet was a horse named Dancer.
7. Things between Barbie® and long time boyfriend Ken fizzled in 2004, causing them to split up after 43 years.
8. After her split from Ken, Barbie® had a two year fling with Blaine, an Australian surfer.
9. More Barbies®s are sold every year than babies are born.
10. The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00.