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Glamorous icon of fashion history: the fascinating creation of the Barbie doll

In the late 1950s, a revolutionary character entered the toy world stage - the Barbie doll. Created by visionary designer Ruth Handler, Barbie was far more than just a toy; she became a timeless icon of style and self-expression.


Ruth Handler's ingenuity and attention to detail led to the creation of a doll that embodied fashion sophistication and a sense of adventure. Inspired by a German fashion doll, Handler strove to give girls a living companion for their creative dreams.

Ruth Handler invented the Barbie doll for several reasons. One of the main reasons was that she observed her own daughter, Barbara, playing with paper dolls and engaging in imaginative role-play. Ruth Handler realized that the toy market at the time only had dolls that represented babies or toddlers, and she saw a gap for a doll that older children could use to live out their creative dreams and adult roles.

She was also inspired by a German fashion doll called Bild Lilli, which was popular with adults as a cartoon character. She saw potential in the Lilli doll for a similar doll that would reflect American values and ideas of beauty and fashion.

Ruth Handler and her husband Elliot eventually founded the Mattel company to implement her idea. Barbie was conceived as a stylish, confident, and versatile doll that could embody a variety of roles and professions. Ruth Handler wanted to give girls the opportunity to live out their dreams and ideas of adulthood and careers, thus fostering their self-confidence and imagination.

The Barbie doll was first launched in 1959 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon that revolutionized the toy world and inspired girls around the world.

Today, over six decades later, Barbie continues to set the standard for self-expression and style. hr legacy remains a tribute to the beauty of metamorphosis and timeless elegance that has captured the hearts of generations.

You can be anything!

SIGNATURE by Dianium Residence, the lifestyle magazine of DIANIUM RESIDENCE, Leading Real Estate Company of the World - always available online.

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