There are very few female icons more well known and loved than Barbie. One of only a handful of toys that transcends generations, Barbie has become one of the world’s most recognised and popular children’s toys, and after 56 years the team at Mattel are re-releasing their first ever original Barbie doll – the 1959 Black & White Swimsuit Doll.
Barbie’s debut in 1959 saw her don her now-famous black-and-white bathing suit with stylish open-toed shoes, too-cool shades and golden hoop earrings. Mirroring the sophisticated glamour of 1950s stars like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor, Barbie had high arched brows, pursed red lips, a sassy pony tail with curly bangs and a coy, sideways glance. Even her figure was high fashion and model-esque, with pale, ivory skin, long slim legs and a narrow waist and hips. Barbie, though well known for her blonde locks,was sold as both a brunette and blonde.
She may be just under a foot tall, but Barbie is big in the fashion community. Barbie boasts five decades of fashion heritage and has worked with more fashion designers than any other brand in the world, including Oscar de la Renta and Christian Louboutin. She’s also been the inspiration for a M.A.C Cosmetics collection, “Barbie™ Loves M.A.C”.
To celebrate the re-release of the first ever Barbie, 500 lucky Myer customers around the country will be able to purchase the Original Doll at the original price of $3 this Saturday 11 April! There are 100 $3 dolls being sold at five participating stores (Myer Melbourne, Myer Sydney City, Myer Adelaide City, Myer Perth City and Myer Brisbane City), so don’t miss your chance to snap up this collectors’ item at the original price! Click here to view the trading hours at your nearest store.
Once the 500 dolls at $3 sell out, customers will be able to purchase the Original Barbie for $44.95.
fast facts about barbie®
Barbie® doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
She is from (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin where she attended High School
Barbie® doll’s official birthday is March 9, 1959 – the exact date she was unveiled to the toy industry during New York Toy Fair
Barbie® doll’s first pet was a horse named Dancer
Barbie® doll’s signature color is Barbie™ Pink (PMS 219)
Barbie® doll stands 11.5 inches tall
The best-selling Barbie® doll ever was 1992 Totally Hair™ doll, with hair from the top of her head to her toes
The Holiday Barbie™ Doll continues to be the number one selling Barbie® doll year after year.
Barbie® doll has had 150+ inspirational careers
Barbie® recently announced she will be celebrating women in business with her new role as entrepreneur
Barbie® first broke through the plastic ceiling as a business executive in 1985
Barbie® traveled into space in 1965, four years before man walked on the moon
Although she has never won an election, Barbie® has run for president 6 times since 1992
Barbie® has been a muse to many artists over the past 5+ decades – including Andy Warhol and Peter Max