Barbie’s Age: How Old Is She?

Barbie may not have a specific age, although according to Mattel, she is a “Teen-Age Fashion Model.” Barbie is officially 55 years old as of 2014, and she has been on the market since 1959.

On March 9, 1959, at the New York Toy Fair, Barbie made her debut. Ruth and Elliot Handler designed her after seeing their daughter Barbara playing with paper dolls. Ruth wanted to build a doll that would help children act out their adult or adolescent desires. Barbie’s mother, according to her, is herself. Many celebrities, including Emma Thompson, Marie Osmond, and Sarah Ferguson, were born in the same year as Barbie.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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