If there’s one thing that can instantly take me back to my childhood, it’s Barbie.Barbie was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler who co-founded Mattel with her husband Elliot and a third partner Harold Matson. Barbie turned out to be the world’s most popular toy and the success was rooted in it being something most little girls aspired to own, The popular doll created by Mattel has been around for ages now, but there are some extremely strange facts that a lot of us might not know about her.
1. Her full name is not Barbie
We’ve years playing with Barbie not knowing her real name. Brace yourself, her real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
2. A German doll was the inspiration for Barbie
Ruth Handler was inspired to create Barbie after seeing noticing the ‘Bild Lilli’ doll. She also noticed her daughter preferred playing with grown-up looking dolls, instead of babies.., and along came Barbie.