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Life in plastic remains fantastic as Barbie turns 60

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By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:18

Life in plastic remains fantastic as Barbie turns 60

Barbie is turning 60 years old on March 9, and she is looking as youthful as ever. First unveiled at the New York Toy Fair in 1959 in her black and white-striped swimsuit, Barbie was named after creator Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara. Barbie was joined by boyfriend Ken in 1961 and has had over 200 careers including astronaut, surgeon and robotics engineer.

To celebrate Barbie’s diamond anniversary, Mattel is launching special edition dolls, including one called Proudly Pink that wears Barbie’s signature colour of pink from head to toe. McKnight said the company has always been proud to inspire girls. It created an Astronaut Barbie doll in 1965, four years before man landed on the Moon. Nowadays, Barbie reflects many career roles, including in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) field, such as the 2018 Robotics Engineer doll.

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By ITN News Editor March 9, 2019 15:18
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