Barbie, the original fashion doll, turns an ageless 50 today.  Happy Birthday Barbie!!

Originally modeled after a German doll named Lilli that had been marketed as a sex symbol for men in Europe, Barbie evolved from a teenage fashion model in 1959 to a successful career woman. She took on non-traditional female roles such as astronaut, Army medic, NASCAR driver and presidential candidate years before real women did.

The first black Barbie was created in 1965, and have since produced 50 different nationalities with 26 different skin tones.

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