Barbie is a trend doll manufactured by the American toy firm Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll utilizing a German doll referred to as Bild Lilli as her inspiration.

Barbie is the figurehead of a model of Mattel dolls and equipment, together with different members of the family and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an vital a part of the toy trend doll marketplace for over fifty years, and has been the topic of quite a few controversies and lawsuits, typically involving parodies of the doll and her life-style.

Mattel has bought over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the corporate’s largest and most worthwhile line. Nevertheless, gross sales have declined sharply since 2014.[1] The doll reworked the toy enterprise in prosperous communities worldwide by turning into a automobile for the sale of associated merchandise (equipment, garments, buddies of Barbie, and many others.). She had a big affect on social values by conveying traits of feminine independence, and along with her multitude of equipment, an idealized upscale life-style that may be shared with prosperous buddies.[2] Beginning in 1987, Barbie has expanded right into a media franchise, together with animated movies, tv specials, video video games, and music.