Barbie turns 60-plus and doesn’t look a day over 20. The doll’s maker has allowed her to do everything except show her age, which hovers around 80 -- if her arrival on the scene as a young adult is taken into account.
Barbie is not too old for a new career. In her birthday year she will look to the heavens as an astrophysicist and astronaut.
Toy-maker Mattel introduced Barbara Millicent Roberts to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York City in 1959. Eleven inches tall and with a waterfall of blond hair, she has worked her way through 180 careers. They include doctor, pilot, astronaut, naval officer, Olympic athlete and presidential candidate. Mattel intended the diverse range of careers to send the message to little girls that they could become anything they wished. “Barbie has always offered girls choices and endless storytelling possibilities,” according to the company. She was seen as providing an alternative to traditional 1950s gender roles.
Over the decades she has kept her figure as well as her youthful looks -- Mattel has denied Barbie any trace of a middle age spread. Translated into real-woman proportions and inches, she would measure 36-18-38. A Huffington Post article about the iconic doll described her in 2014 as the “hottest 55-year-old on the planet,” and hinted that plastic surgery might account for her youthfulness.
And Mattel sees no need to mention that her proportions are unrealistic. The company has done well out of the denial; it is widely said that a Barbie is purchased every three seconds in the 150 countries where they are sold.
Date written/update: 2018-05-04