Barbie has become cultural icon for many years even until now either in positive or negative way. Regardless of the controversies related to body image, Barbie doll remains iconic and many people still love this fashion doll. Since the first launching in 1959, there have been some changes to the physical appearance of Barbie doll. It is estimated that the number of Barbie dolls that have been sold all over the world are more than a billion.
The creator of Barbie doll stated that three Barbie dolls are sold even every second. No wonder that the company has been claimed as one of the most profitable lines. This shows how influencing Barbie doll is. People still love this doll no matter what.
Barbie doll types
Barbie doll has been sold to more than 150 different countries all over the world. It means that almost all people in the world know what Barbie doll is. This kind of brand awareness is surely promising for the business itself. It can lead to high profit and benefit to no end. Barbie doll has inspired other industries because it has social impacts in general.
There are different types of Barbie up till now. They are sorted out into different categories to make it easier for people to identify each type of doll. There haven’t been significant changes to the body though. The shape and size of the doll remains the same throughout the years. The slight difference is only about its features like when some body parts are more movable.
Basically, it is not that hard to identify Barbie doll category. Those that were made from 1959 to 1966 are categorized into Vintage Barbie. Then, those that were made from 1959 to 1966 are categorized into Mod Barbie dolls. Next, there is Malibu Barbie which was made from 1971 to 1977.
This one is quite notable in Barbie evolution. For the next years, Barbie has been shifted to slight changes where the hair and dress had been created dramatically different. In the beginning of 2001, Barbie creator, Mattel, began to categorize Barbie using Label colors. There are Pink, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Black Label.
There have been many changes to Barbie body images since the creator has been criticized for displaying unreasonable and unrealistic body proportion. The first era of Barbie body image was displayed in tall, thin, and busty or more like what modern expectation looks like while in reality is not what it is.