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Barbie's birthday is March 9, 1959. It was on this day that the doll was first presented at an exhibition in New York and sold for $3. She made a splash and soon became the most desirable gift for all girls.

The creator of this popular toy is Ruth Handler. She wanted to make a more adult female doll for her daughter Barbara so that she could play with a more realistic doll that would help her imagine what she herself might grow up to become, rather than play with baby dolls.

Ruth saw the prototype of her doll in Switzerland and was amazed by the adult mini-woman coquette Lilli. She bought the rights for the doll and took up the production of the new toy, which she named after her daughter. Gradually, Barbie was transformed into a blonde beauty with a huge wardrobe. The best houses of Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier made clothes for her, and jewelers made exquisite jewelry for Barbie.