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. 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. Beginning in 1987, Barbie has expanded right into a media franchise, together with animated movies, tv specials, video video games, and music.