Happy Birthday, Barbie!

03/09/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
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Cultural icon? Pretty plaything?

Whatever your thoughts about Barbie, it’s clear she’s here to stay.

Today, the world’s most famous doll celebrates her 53rd birthday and she still doesn’t look a day over 17.

So, we decided to wish her well by sharing a few fun facts with our Moms & Babies readers. Check them out below:

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she was first introduced to the market on March 9, 1959.

Not alone for long, Barbie’s dreamy boyfriend, Ken, debuted in 1961.

Now selling for $20 to $45 each, the first doll retailed for a whopping $3. And the best-selling doll of all time is the Totally Hair Barbie, which was introduced in 1992.

For more cool Barbie news, go to barbie.com.

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Tee on

Well, I didn’t play with Barbies. My nieces aren’t allowed to play with them and my children won’t be allowed to play with them. But I know many people enjoy playing with them! I had no idea that Barbie had a full name!

S* on

love barbie! my friends and i played with them endlessly growing up and surprise surprise: we are normal, healthy adults raising our own children :)

Shannon on

LOL! Happy birthday. :)

Alma on

Barbie looked prettier back in the day.

Sandra on

I was born in June of 1961 and remember being in the hospital at age the age of 5 and my Mom bringing me my first Barbie doll. I remember that as if it were yesterday and here I have 2 daughters and neither of them wanted anything to do with Barbie dolls! LOL! Anyways, hooray for Barbie!!

J-Nelle on

Love that her middle name is Millicent! i want to use that as the middle name of my daughter, if i have one. It is my Grandmother’s name and i love it.

Minami86 on

I’ll forever love Barbie but I miss the way she used to be. Being born in 1986, I think we had it best! Back then Barbies slogans were “We girls can do anything”/”It’s a great time to be a girl”. Now Barbie has become campy & more into fantasy things. I mean I had Rapunzel Barbie & Flying Hero Barbie but I also has Teacher, Doctor, President & Barbies showing different cultures. I even had the I Love Lucy Barbie!

Anyways, you go girl! And Happy Birthday! :)

Clara on

Today’s Barbies are the best, especially the So In Style ones. I purchased all 5 for my daughter.

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