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18 Surprising Things You Don't Know About Barbie

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

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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.


Rappin' Rockin' Barbie commercial:

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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!'"

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.


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.

Totally Hair Barbie commercial:

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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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