Barbie’s creator, Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, used to watch her daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls for hours. This sparked Ruth's vision to create a 3D doll for girls to act out their dreams. In 1959, the first Barbie doll, named after Ruth's daughter Barbara, made her debut at the New York Toy Fair.
Over 55 years later, Barbie is a global icon inspiring girls everywhere. From her 180 careers, to her countless fashions and accessories, Barbie continues to inspire and provide endless storytelling possibilities.