History of Barbie Dolls
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959
by Ruth Handler (co-founder of Mattel), whose own daughter was called Barbara.
Barbie was introduced to the world at the American Toy Fair in New York
City. The doll was intended to be a teenage fashion doll. There has been
some controversy over Barbie's figure when it realized that if Barbie was
a real person her measurements would be an impossible 36-18-38. The Ken
doll was named after Ruth's son. Barbie first had bendable legs in 1965.
After fighting breast cancer and
undergoing a mastectomy in 1970 Ruth Handler, one of the creators of the
Barbie Doll, surveyed the market for a suitable prosthetic breast. Disappointed
in the options available, she set about designing a replacement breast
that was more similar to a natural one. In 1975, Handler received a patent
for Nearly Me, a prosthesis made of material close in weight and density
to natural breasts.
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