Sunday, May 1, 2011

Glamour Girl

She is of the most sought after girls in the world...... she is forever youthful ........ demure, fun, pretty and well.......... just perfect.

Since 1959, Barbara 'Barbie' Millicent Roberts has been the source of fun and imagination for millions of girls. Barbie, as her fans love to call her, has made herself at home in 150 countries.

When Barbie made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959 (which is her official birthday), no one could have predicted that 52 years later she would be the most popular girl of all time. 

Blond, brunette, red head; it didn't matter what Barbie did she has remained the 'it girl' of all time. With a figure that is frankly unbelievable, Barbie was accused at times of giving young girls an unrealistic image about their bodies.
If she was a 'real living doll' Barbie would stand at the long lean height of 5'9", 110 pounds, 36 inch chest, 18 inch waist and 33 inch hips. In 1997 Barbie threw the diet out the window and was suddenly appearing with a slightly wider waist - in my eyes proof that she was a real girl.

Barbie has a wardrobe that could easily be described as the envy of any woman. Shoes, boots, handbags, bathing suits, many bridal gowns and a bevy of evening gowns. Barbie has had a showroom size garage to house all of her cars and campers. Be kind to animals ......she took it to heart; with a collection of dogs, cats, horses, a lion cub, zebra and even a panda.

Barbie's makeup has changed over the years to reflect the trends and she has the smoothest, most flawless skin..... not a sag or wrinkle in sight.

Even with this much attention, the level of notoriety did not go to Barbie's head.  She had an open mind and felt there was room for everyone to be friends. One of Barbie's good friends - Julia (a replication of 'Julia' played by Diahann Carroll in a popular television series at the time) was a nurse and she came onto the scene in 1969. 

When Julia came on the scene, I was fortunate to receive one of the dolls which I still have today. My talking Barbie; who spouts sayings like 'Let's go shopping', is still snuggled in my Barbie case along with Julia, a collection of Barbie wigs and original fashions.

Ken, Barbie's guy friend, came on to the scene in 1959 and their friendship blossomed into a steady relationship. Barbie & Ken.......... were defined as a couple. 

Even with the abundance of attention around the world and the growing demands for "Barbie"; she didn't let it go to her head.

American businesswoman and creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler, could not have known back in 1959 the volume of entertainment and pleasure her new little Glamour Girl would bring the young girls around the world.
Barbie has a pilots license, has been a flight attendant, a Nascar driver and traveled around the world hundreds of times.

What did we all learn from Barbie...... I think that she has helped most girls to understanding  that nothing can hold you back in life if you just Dare to Live Your Dream.


  1. Barbie is gorgeous as ever. Have a fabulous day, Kellie xx

  2. I am in love with your blog!
    Dashing off to work but wanted to tell you I am following along!
    Barbie and I have been great friends since the 60's She is the epitome of glamour!
    Have a blessed day!

  3. Katherine,
    Delighted to meet you! Oh my gosh you and Sande Chase at A Gift Wrapped Life must be related! Wow maybe you are since you both live in Canada. Well, anyways thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you will follow along and I look forward to visiting your charming blog again soon. Its very pretty and full of many of my favorite things. Let us know how the new do looks!