Fast Facts About Barbie
Barbie® doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin where she attended High School
Barbie® doll’s official birthday is March 9, 1959 – the exact date she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair
Barbie® first appeared in the now-famous black-and-white striped swimsuit
Barbie® doll’s debut look was polished off with her signature ponytail – a hair style representative of the times (1959)
The first Barbie doll was sold for $3.00
Barbie® doll’s first pet was a horse named Dancer
Barbie® doll’s signature color is Barbie™ Pink (PMS 219)
Barbie® doll stands 11.5 inches tall
The best-selling Barbie® doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair™ doll, with hair from the top of her head to her toes
Barbie® doll has had 180+ inspirational careers
Every year since 2011, Barbie® doll has introduced a career that has been under represented by women – some of those careers include computer engineer, architect, entrepreneur and film director
Today, a mint condition “#1” (1959 Barbie doll) can fetch as much as $27,450 at auction, as was the case with an extremely rare #1 blonde doll in a May 2006 auction held by Sandi’s Doll Attic.
The most expensive Barbie, however, was designed in partnership with Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The doll sold for $302,500 at auction in 2010.
The Barbie collecting craze really took off in the 1990s, thanks to the advent of eBay and the introduction of designer Barbie dolls, including the Bob Mackie Gold Barbie, which featured 5,000 hand-sewn golden sequin accents.
Barbie® first broke through the plastic ceiling as a business executive in 1985
Barbie® traveled into space in 1965, four years before man walked on the moon
Although she has never won an election, Barbie® has run for president 6 times since 1992. (2012 doll shown)
It takes a professional staff of top fashion designers, makeup artists and the most elite couturiers – more than 100 people in all – to create a Barbie doll and her fashions
Barbie® has been a muse to many artists over the past 5+ decades – including Andy Warhol and Peter Max
Barbie has a powerful social media presence with over 13 million fans on Facebook, 240,000 followers on Twitter and over 600,000 followers on Instagram (@Barbie)
@BarbieStyle launched in 2014 and quickly reached 1.2 million followers – it is one of the fastest growing fashion Instagram channels to date
In 2015, Barbie launched her first video blog (vlog) on YouTube
To date, Barbie has starred in more than 30 DVDs taking on roles from a super hero to rockstar
The Barbie® brand spot “Imagine the Possibilities” was selected as one of the most iconic ads of 2015, based on this year’s YouTube Ads Leaderboard
Fifty of the world’s top designers created couture looks for the first-ever Barbie runway show in celebration of Barbie dolls 50th birthday
Barbie is the most popular fashion doll ever produced, and the brand continues to dominate sales in the fashion doll segment with gross sales in 2014 of $1.01 billion worldwide.
Since 2011, the brand has consistently produced worldwide annual gross sales in excess of $1 billion.
Barbie is the No.1 doll property in the US
Barbie® doll made her European debut in 1961
Barbie® doll was introduced to India in 1987
Barbie® has represented more than 40 different nationalities
Barbie® dolls are sold in 150 countries
As a pop culture icon Barbie® is in more than 45 consumer product categories
In Mexico, Barbie® has her own awards show honoring inspirational women each year
Barbie® has set sail on the high seas with Royal Caribbean International, bringing a unique Barbie® experience to its fleet of 21 ships around the world