7 Surprising and Little-Known Facts About Barbie Dolls

1. The first Barbie doll was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, and named after her daughter Barbara.

2. The original Barbie had a ponytail hairstyle and came in either blonde or brunette.

3. Barbie has had more than 180 careers, including astronaut, doctor, and even presidential candidate.

4. The first Ken doll, named after Ruth Handler's son, was introduced in 1961.

5. Mattel has released a number of collectible Barbie dolls over the years, including Barbie dolls inspired by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

6. Barbie dolls have been featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including Toy Story 2 and 3 and the Netflix series The Toys That Made Us.

7. The Barbie doll has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame.