Happy Birthday to the woman who's constantly changing her image, despite the fact she's plastic.
Sorry, we had to reference Aqua's "Barbie Girl" in this post, because Barbie has always been one of the most iconic toys on the market, and has withstood many, many years of change.
Ruth Handler, the creator of the Barbie doll shared this thought on who Barbie was to her (quoted on Barbie's Website), “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.”
Barbie had received some backlash in years past because of it's constant look as a thin, white, model-esque looking woman, but as the years have gone by, a change occurred.
Within the last year, Mattel created Barbies with Flat Feet (heel versions are still around), and this year, they've added new body types to the realm, further expanding the knowledge of the children playing with them, and letting them realize that the shapes they see in humans are completely normal.
Not everyone was happy when the change was made to include more body types. Barbie, however, stands by their decision to add this, and has now created a full and much needed conversation about what we teach young girls about their bodies. With such an iconic figure, even publications like TIME felt the need to discuss it.
Check out the video on the Evolution of Barbie from Mattel, and see our gallery below of all of Barbie's looks!
GALLERY: Barbie Through The Years
Amy Cooper is a writer and pop culture fact nerd, and on multiple occasions has been referred to as a “Walking iPod.”