Last Updated on June 26, 2023
Barbie celebrated her 60th birthday in 2019, on March 9, which was also the date of her public debut 60 years earlier, in 1959. Designed by former Pentagon engineer, Jack Ryan, and Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler, she was based on the Germany-born Bild Lilli doll that Ruth saw while traveling through Europe.
The doll was a revelation during its time in that it was the first one to have the image and figure of a full grown woman instead of a baby or child. The name Barbie was in fact, named after Ruth’s daughter, Barbara. The doll’s partner, Ken, on the other hand, was named after Ruth’s son, Kenneth.
To date, Mattel has sold over one billion Barbie dolls in over 150 countries, with original ones costing more than $25,000 at auction.
The famous Barbie logo is a hand-drawn cursive that doesn’t seem to have an exact free version available. However, fans can make do with the Barbie Medium, which is somewhat similar, or the Barbie Font Family, which includes two fonts: Barbie and Barbie Font Beta.