Barbie is a fashion doll created by Mattel, Inc. in 1959. She is one of the most popular and recognizable dolls in the world and has become a cultural icon. The doll was created by Ruth Handler, who was inspired by a German doll called Bild Lilli. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she has had a variety of careers throughout the years such as a fashion model, astronaut, doctor, and even president.
Over the years, Barbie has undergone many changes and updates to keep up with current trends and cultural shifts. Mattel has also released a wide range of accessories, clothing, and playsets to accompany the doll. In addition to the classic Barbie doll, Mattel has also released a wide range of spin-off dolls such as Barbie's little sister Skipper and her friends Ken, Midge and more. The brand has also expanded to include a variety of media such as movies, books, and video games. Additionally, Barbie has been the subject of numerous controversies, particularly regarding the doll's impact on body image and gender roles. Despite this, Barbie remains a beloved and enduring toy for children and adults alike.