I couldn't get enough of dolls when I was a little girl. Blonde dolls, brunette dolls, porcelain or plastic, in frilly dresses or wrapped in blankets... I loved all dolls. But the doll I adored most was the stylish and adult Barbie.
While playing with baby dolls made little girls feel maternal, one only had to pull Barbie and her ever-growing fashionable wardrobe from the toy chest to instantly feel grown up and elegant. She was the teenaged fashion model we all secretly wished we could grow up to be; with her cool side-gaze and iconic black and white stripped bathing suit. She came with blonde, brown, or (eventually) red hair (I was partial to the brunette, myself).
Watch the first EVER Barbie commercial from 1959!
Check out the slideshow below of Barbie through the years:
Barbie around the world/through the years
Remembering the original Barbie
ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Clothes for Barbie Dolls exhibition during the 'I Love B' as a part of the Vogue Fashion Night Out of Rome at Galleria Vittoria on September 11, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: A Barbie doll created by Maggia (Unique Model, Couture at Versailles), is displayed during the exhibition 'Barbie retro chic' at the 'Musee de la poupee' on February 13, 2014, in Paris, France. The exhibition shows more 150 Barbie Dolls from February 11 until September 13, 2014. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 28: Barbie-dolls with the Barbie Collection 2014 are shown at the Press-Preview of the Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2014 on January 28, 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Barbie Collection 2014 was presented by Designer Guido Maria Kretschmer. The Nuremberg International Toy Fair 2014 is the worlds biggest toy fair and is opendend to visitors from January 29th to February 3rd. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17: A view a Barbie doll at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 50th Anniversary Pink Carpet celebration on February 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
This picture taken on January 20, 2014 shows Barbie dolls in different clothes as they are displayed in the Tassenmuseum Hendrikje in Amsterdam, on January 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / BAS CZERWINSKI ***netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Barbie dolls, manufactured by Mattel Inc., the world's largest toymaker, sit on display at Hamleys Plc's flagship toy store on Regent Street in London, U.K., on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The U.K. economy shrank more than economists forecast in the second quarter as record rainfall and an extra public holiday in the period sent output down the most in more than three years. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images