On Barbie's birthday, it's clear how much can change in 57 years

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The History Of Barbie

Want to know just how our fashion and beauty standards have changed?

Just look at Barbie, a "living" testimony to the way women see beauty, fashion and their bodies. Since she debuted on March 9, 1959, at the American Toy Fair in New York City, Barbie has functioned as a time capsule in doll form. She was, after all, the first doll for kids made with an adult body. As a "teenage fashion model," she has always reflected the trends of the times with her ever-fashionable outfits, painted-on makeup and perma-arched feet.

Or flat feet — since now, in 2016, we finally have Barbies who can wear flats and sneakers. We also finally have Barbies with bigger butts, kinkier hair, darker skin and stockier statures.

Barbie has always embodied our ideals; now, she's finally beginning to embody our reality.

On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Barbie, 1959

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
The new Barbie Pin-Up, showcased at the Toy Salon in Lyon, France, in February 1963

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Vintage Barbie in the "Togetherness" collection, 1968

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Barbie on display, November 19, 1979

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
A Barbie doll wearing designer clothes taken in Paris, May 1985

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Barbie wearing "designer" clothes, 1989

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
A dentist Barbie doll is displayed at the International Toy Center annual fair, February 10, 1997

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Barbie dolls for the Olympics are displayed by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair, February 14, 2000

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
The new Jewel Girl Barbie is displayed by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair, February 14, 2000

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
This Barbie is an ice skater who can really twirl and skate as she performs in the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Toy maker Mattel, Inc. featured an extended line of Barbie figures and accessories at the International Toy Fair, February 10, 2002

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Girls Aloud Barbie Dolls, 2005

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Friendship Doll on display at the Dream Toys 2013 press day, November 6, 2013

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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
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On Barbie's Birthday, It's Clear How Much Can Change in 57 Years
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On Barbie's birthday, it's clear how much can change in 57 years
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
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