Manufactured by Mattel, this one doll is a $1.9 billion dollar a year industry,
2 dolls being bought every second of the day.
Dolls, the first beauty
dolls, came in a black-and-white striped swimsuit and signature ponytail. In
the succeeding years, Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson designs
following Paris fashions.
The dolls sizing measurements have been controversial, with many suggesting
that playing with the dolls decreases rather than enhances a girl's
self-esteem. In response to criticism, Mattel adjusted the dolls chest
measurement down, and the waist measurement up, though the proportions are
still uncharacteristic of most women the changes to the
Barbie body have somewhat
abated the critics.
Totally Hair Barbie, with stylable hair so long it reached from her head down
to her toes, was the best selling doll of the collection, released in the