Barbie was created by Ruth Handler, the co-founder of Mattel, an American toy-company. Ruth Handler found her inspiration in a Germall doll, Bild Lilli. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. Do you know that the doll was named after Ruth's daughter?

Ruth saw her daughter playing with dolls and pretending they are grown-ups. So, the businesswoman understood that such dolls were exactly what all the girls needed. Little girls adore beauty and fashion, no wonder Barbie became a total success!

Originally Barbie was presented as a 17-year-old teenager.