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On March 9, 1959, the Mattel toy company introduced the Barbie doll. The doll was designed by Ruth Handler, and named after her daughter, Barbara. 
Before Barbie was invented, most dolls were models of infants and toddlers. Handler noticed her daughter enjoyed dressing up her dolls, and pretending they had adult jobs, possessions, and responsibilities. On a trip to Germany, Handler bought an adult-model fashion doll, Bild Lilly. Mattel ultimately bought the German company and Handler’s husband, a co-founder of Mattel, put Barbie into production soon afterward.
Barbie remains one of the top-selling toys in the world. According to Mattel, Barbie has had almost 150 careers and has represented more than 40 different nationalities. A Barbie doll is sold every three seconds somewhere in the world. 

media, such as books or films, that are imaginative and not true stories.


something that is owned.


to stand for a person, community, or idea.


final or maximum.