18 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About Barbie

All those years spent playing together and you didn’t even know her real name.

1. Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

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2. In 1959, the first Barbie doll sold for $3.00 (that would be the equivalent of $23.97 today).

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3. The first Barbie doll was available as either a blonde or a brunette.

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4. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan and their clothes were hand-stitched by Japanese workers.

Barbie’s were manufactured in Japan until 1972.

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5. Barbie isn’t from Malibu, she is actually from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin.

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6. Barbie was originally a 17-year-old “Teen Age Fashion Model.”

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7. Over the years, Barbie has had seven siblings: Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, Krissy, Kelly, Tutti, and Todd.

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8. She has had more than 130 careers; they have included being an elementary school teacher, a business executive, a McDonald’s cashier, a doctor, an astronaut, and yes, even a rapper.

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Rappin’ Rockin’ Barbie commercial:

This was the cringe-inducing message written on the back of the Rappin’ Rockin’ Barbie box:

“When you and your friends
are in a dancin’ mood,
Hip-hop to the Boom Box beat
with a cool attitude.
Barbie says, ‘Yo! Come on, guys,
and all you fly girls too.
Rap ‘n rhyme ‘cause now it’s time
to show what you can do!’”

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9. Ken is two years and two days younger than Barbie (he was introduced in 1961). Also, his full name is Ken Carson.

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10. Ken has never put a ring on it (he and Barbie have never officially been married).

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11. The very first Barbie car was a 1962 Austin Healy roadster.

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12. Barbie’s first pet was a horse named Dancer. Since then, she has had more than 50 other pets, including 21 dogs, 6 cats, a chimpanzee, a panda, a parrot, a lion cub, a giraffe, and a zebra.

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13. Brown is the color most frequently used for Barbie’s eye shadow.

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14. In 1985, Andy Warhol created a silkscreen painting of Barbie.

According to his posthumous book, The Andy Warhol Diaries, he hated it and cringed when he unveiled it for the President of Mattel.

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15. Totally Hair Barbie (1992) is the best-selling Barbie doll ever.

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Totally Hair Barbie commercial:

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16. In 2004, after breaking up with Ken, she had a rebound relationship with Blaine, an Australian surfer.

Ken and Barbie got back together on Valentine’s Day 2011.

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17. Barbie has never been pregnant (only her best friend Midge has).

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18. Aqua’s 1997 song, “Barbie Girl,” was the subject of the lawsuit Mattel v. MCA Records. In 2002, Mattel lost the lawsuit, a Court of Appeals ruled that the song was protected under the First Amendment as “parody and a social commentary.”

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In 2009, despite the lawsuit, Mattel released a music video of Barbie singing, “Barbie Girl” (a re-recorded version with modified lyrics):

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Facts via: Barbie Media and Doll Diaries

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