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15 Life Lessons We’ve Learned From Barbie Dolls

55 years ago, Barbie® was the doll that started it all. And while her outfits have changed, one thing hasn’t: She continues to remind girls of all ages to be unapologetic for who they are.

1. You can have whatever job you want...

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2. ...even if you want to be a mermaid!

3. Girls can be sports fans, too:

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4. Side-eye has been around for decades:

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5. Your mom won't understand why you change your hair color all the time:

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6. And it's never a good idea to cut your own bangs:

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7. You'll look back at photos of yourself from the past and laugh about them:

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8. The '80s were a very intense time for fashion:

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9. No matter how small your car, dogs will want to stick their heads out the window:

10. Yes, even icons have heroes:

11. Cats will always want to sleep on your clothes:

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12. You'll never get anywhere if you're afraid of standing out:

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13. There's nothing wrong with a little pink in the workplace...

14. maybe some pink with a power suit:

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15. And it's a beautiful thing when your friends support you:

One thing to learn that's true: Be #unapologetic in whatever you do.