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Sunday, December 30, 2007

What is Barbie's Real Name?

Barbie is considered as the world's best selling fashion doll ever. Since its launch in 1959 by creator Ruth Handler, Barbie continues to be patronized by children and hobbyist following the journey of this most-loved doll of all times.

Unknown to everybody, Barbie's full name was Barbara Millicent Roberts. The history revealed that Barbie's parents were George and Margaret Roberts from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin. It has been said that Barbie attended her secondary school at Willow High School and Manhattan International High School in New York City, based on the real-life Stuyvesant High School. Barbie's love interest was Ken Carson, who first appeared in 1961 two years after she was released in the market. A press release from Mattel Company announced the sad news that Barbie and Ken split in February 2004, however, the couple decided to reunite in February 2006.

In further development, not only was Barbie known as a fashion icon, she is also a pet lover. She has over forty pets which include horses, a panda, cats and dogs, a zebra, a lion club, among others. She also has collections of vehicles, a pilot license, which allows her to maneuver commercial airlines.

Meanwhile, Mattel also created several companions of Barbie such as Midge, African, Hispanic Teresa, American Christie and Steven (Christie's boyfriend). Barbie struck controversies with different countries because of the revealing dress she wore. The distribution of this doll was banned in the Middle East in September 2003.

In general, Barbie doll is part of the American culture. Barbie provides joy and happiness in the eyes of children. To date, Barbie still tops charts in the market. Mattel continue to satisfy their target customers both young and old. Their latest products continue to excite the customer’s worldwide.

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