You have no doubt had a chance to checkout the blockbuster hit, Barbie, in theaters this past summer. Or not! If you grew up playing with the iconic doll, you no doubt have seen the movie more than once. How much do you know about the history of the doll? Who created Barbie? What has been Barbie’s impact on generations of young girls? What would the creator of Barbie, Ruth Handler, want for her Last Will and Testament?
The History of Barbie
Barbie is the beloved doll that many of us grew up spending hours playing with. Barbie could be anything: there was the stereotypical blonde archetype, the astronaut archetype, the chef archetype, and so on. She was an icon for millions of girls who grew up playing with her. The much-loved doll, was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler, has left a long-lasting legacy for those who grew up playing with her. The iconic doll has become a symbol of empowerment for generations of young girls.
One of the notable aspects of Barbie’s last will and testament is her emphasis on diversity and inclusion. In recent years, Mattel has made significant strides in diversifying her brand by introducing dolls of various ethnicities, body types, and abilities. Barbie’s legacy will not only endure but will also adapt to the evolving needs of a diverse and ever-changing world.
Barbie’s legacy also includes allocated resources to fund educational initiatives to encourage girls to explore fields such as: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). By promoting education and inspiring curiosity, Barbie aims to equip young individuals with the tools they need to shape the future.
Since Barbie’s conception in the late 1950’s, there have been rapid changes in media, technology, and entertainment. Barbie reflects these technological changes: there is an online game that girls can play Barbie’s legacy is not confined to physical dolls; it extends into digital platforms and virtual experiences. One Barbie App, for instance, is Barbie’s Dreamhouse. It’s a downloadable game that girls can play with on their phones.
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