The Barbie doll was introduced in 1959 by Mattel.  She was created by Ruth Handler who used Bild Lilli, a German doll, as her inspiration.  The first Barbie doll had a black and white striped swimsuit, a topknot ponytail, and came either brunette or blonde.  Barbie not only has a wide range of clothes, cars, pets, and occupations, she is also in movies, books, apparel, video games, and cosmetics.  Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. 

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