After years of perfecting, Barbara Millicent Roberts, also known as Barbie, debuted her first appearance at the American Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959 through Ruth Handler, the creator of Barbie. According to the Barbie website, Handler obtained the idea by watching her young daughter play with paper dolls and using her imagination to pretend that they were adults or teenagers doing what adults or teenagers may do such as attending college or having a career. She was also inspired by the Bild Lilli doll that was famous in Germany in 1952 who was a high end call girl and was sold as a sex toy usually bought by men. Barbie was a high fashion, teenage model (eventually branching out to multiple different careers over time). with a slim plastic body, pale skin tone, and came in either blonde or brunette hair (although she is known for her blonde hair). She wore a white bathing-suit with black strips that came along with sunglasses, ...
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...ented to the world. For many, Barbie has been seen as the ideal woman being slim, fair skinned, beautiful, and a virgin. She also exposes us to the issues of race by the company making the Caucasian Barbie the face of the company; gender by making her overly feminine with pink cars and houses and most parents only allowing young girls to play with this object; and class being that they are on the pricey side therefore lower class families might not be able to obtain this item for their child or would have to save for this object. Although the company has tried to bring variations to Barbie and give her certain careers that are male-dominant such as being an astronaut, she still gives our children the wrong message: that you can be and do anything if you look like this. In reality, Barbie has shine a light on a lot of the issues that are constructed within our society.
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- The History of Barbie Barbara Millicent Roberts was first debuted on March 9th, 1959, rocking her black and white swimsuit waiting to take over the world. Barbie was the first three dimensional doll introduced in America relicted after the German doll, stemming from paper dolls (www.Barbiemedia.com) . Since barbie came out in 1959 she has been rolling through the years, acquiring fashions and looks from each decade she lives in. Her journey began in the sixties and is still going today in 2016.... [tags: Barbie, Mattel, Ruth Handler, Bild Lilli doll]
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