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It’s that anatomically perfect, American icon’s 50th birthday today, and in honor of it, we’ve decided to dig up a few crazy facts (from Barbie’s official website) about the 11.5 inch-tall, 7.25-ounce doll to remind all of you out there just what kind of an impact Barbie has had on pop culture since her birth on March 9, 1959 at the International Toy Fair in New York:
• During her first year in stores, about 300,000 Barbies were sold at $3 a pop.
• The average price it would cost you to get one of those original dolls in good condition today: $27,450.
• Three Barbies are sold somewhere every second (and sales total around $1.5 billion a year). So just in the time it took you to read this sentence, about nine dolls were sent on their way home from the toy store.
• The best selling model ever? 1992’s Totally Hair Barbie. Yes, as in the one sporting a Pucci-inspired mini-dress, hot pink stilettos, and hair flowing all the way down to her ankles. (I’ll admit it — I owned one! Only I’m the moron who cut her hair, thus negating her purpose in the first place.)
• In her 50 years, Barbie has tried out more than 108 different careers. Among my favorites: pet doctor, Miss America, and Rock Star.
• The toy has represented 50 nationalities thus far. That’s more than most TV networks can say.
Due to the fact that its used somewhere around 105 million yards of fabric to outfit Barbie, Mattel is considered one of the largest apparel manufacturers in the world.
• Barbie, it seems, spends more time at the “salon,” than most females do: her hair is made up of seven shades of blonde, weaved together to get that token golden look.
• Ninety percent of little girls in the U.S. (ages 3 to 10) own at least one Barbie.
Still, being a fan of the doll herself isn’t limited by age: There are about 8 million Barbie collectors in the world today.
Basically, Blondie has ingrained a giant place in history for herself, and her popularity seems to be continuing to grow (there apparently are 1,000 YouTube channels dedicated to the girl. Who knew??). PopWatchers, do you hold a special place in your heart for Barbie as well? Or are you surprised at all of the above numbers because she’s, well, just a freaking doll?
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