Barbie is a fashion doll created by business woman, Ruth Handler. It is manufactured by the American multinational toy manufacturing company, Mattel. Mattel was founded by Ruth Handler and her husband Harold “Matt” Matson in 1942. Mattel has its headquarters in El Segundo, California, U.S.A.
Ruth Handler had observed her daughter playing with paper dolls. She was inspired to create Barbie which she based on the German doll, Bild Lilli. Barbie is 30cm (11.5 in) tall. She has been described as a Teen-Age Fashion Model for children to play with. She has a boyfriend called Ken and several friends. She also has a wide range of accessories, clothes and over 40 pets.
Barbie, a Teen-Age Fashion Model for children to play with, made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York in the year 1959 On This Day.
Barbie canopy bed