10 Little Known Facts About Barbie That Will Surprise You - Nickel & Suede

10 Little Known Facts About Barbie That Will Surprise You

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At Nickel & Suede, when we heard there was a Barbie movie coming, we knew this was our moment to shine. As a team of over 90% women, we love pink and we love all things Barbie. Growing up I only had a few Barbies, but I spent most of my time and my allowance at Toys'R'Us carefully shopping the Barbie aisle. We designed a Barbie-inspired collection, which released today, and it is celebration of pink and Barbie-inspired jewelry and accessories. (We even made miniture versions for our Barbies!)
In today's post I thought it would be fun to share some little known facts about Barbie. Although I grew up playing with her, there are so many facts I didn't know about her before researching for this collection.
  1. Did you know that Barbie has a full name? Her complete name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

  2. Barbie made her first appearance on March 9, 1959, at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. 

  3. Ruth Handler was inspired to create Barbie after observing her daughter playing with paper dolls and imagining them in adult roles. She wanted to provide girls with a doll that would encourage imaginative play and allow them to dream big.

  4. Barbie is a global superstar. She has been sold in over 150 countries and is available in more than 50 different nationalities, reflecting the diverse world we live in.

  5. Over the years, Barbie has been an astronaut, a doctor, a teacher, a chef, a businesswoman, a computer engineer, a firefighter, and many more. These diverse professions have helped inspire generations of young girls to dream big and pursue their passions. Love this!

  6. Barbie has evolved to become more inclusive and representative of different body types, skin tones, and hair textures. Mattel, the company behind Barbie, introduced dolls with various body shapes in 2016, acknowledging the need for greater diversity and inclusivity.

  7. Did you know that the first Barbie Dream House was released in 1962? It was a three-story townhouse with mid-century modern furniture and various accessories. Since then, the Dream House has seen many updates and modernizations, keeping up with the latest trends and styles. We even named our newest pink leather after her iconic house!

  8. Barbie is not just a physical doll; she has a strong social media presence as well. She has millions of followers on platforms like Instagram, where she shares her latest adventures, fashion trends, and even promotes important social causes like empowerment and environmental sustainability.

  9. Barbie has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and even music videos. Notable examples include the animated film "Barbie in the Nutcracker" and the live-action movie "Barbie and the Diamond Castle." 

  10. Barbie has achieved some remarkable milestones over the years. In 1992, she became the first doll ever to appear in a computer game, "Barbie Fashion Designer." 

Barbie has come a long way and it's been so fun to revisit my memories and love of Barbie as we've put together this collection. You can shop all things pink and Barbie now- find the entire collection here.

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