In March 1959, a doll named "Barbie" launched onto the American toy market, sporting a black-and-white striped bathing suit, pouty red lips and a sassy blonde pony tail. The leggy, 11-inch plastic figure—full name: Barbara Millicent Roberts—was the first mass-produced toy doll in the U.S. with adult features.
The Barbie Twitter account has revealed that the doll's last name is Roberts. She was apparently named Barbara Millicent Roberts when she was invented in 1959. However, like many famous people, she became known only by one name. Ken's full name is apparently Ken Carson.
Barbie creator and Mattel founder Ruth Handler explained in an interview, "I knew that I had to name the doll after my daughter, who had really inspired the entire project. So, we named the doll Barbie."
Midge Hadley is a fictional doll character in the Barbie line of toys by Mattel that was first released in 1963. Midge was created at the same time as Skipper. She was marketed as Barbie's best friend.
Skipper is a 14-year-old technology wiz. Her age was confirmed in the Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures episode "Baby Sister Babysitter." She has naturally dark brown hair. Her hair often has purple, pink, or blue streaks. In Barbie's Vlog, Barbie says it was Skipper's idea.
Mattel purposely never gave Barbie children, so that girls could be creative and make her anything they wanted. There are Barbie dolls that come with babies, but we're not sure who the parents are. Barbie has younger sisters, but she and Ken never tied the knot.
Many consider Christie to be the first “Black Barbie.” Christie was part of a series of talking dolls. By pulling a string on her back, the doll said things like, “Hi! I'm Christie!” and “Let's go shopping with Barbie.” Christie's hair was black. (The Christie doll pictured has red hair because it has faded over time.)
Before Stacie and Chelsea were introduced, Barbie and Skipper had a younger brother – and his name was Todd. His character doll was available in the market from 1965 to 1971. The name Todd would appear again along the Barbie toy line but not anymore as her brother.
The only doll whose age is definitively known is Chelsea, who turns six during Happy Birthday Chelsea. Skipper appears to be between 14 and 16 years old, while Stacie falls somewhere in between her two sisters.
Skipper's first boyfriend, Scott, was created in 1980, and was introduced the year after Super Teen Skipper came on the market. Scott sported puffy, brown 1980s-style hair. Skipper gained two new friends after Teen Fun Skipper was first introduced.
Though, it has since been confirmed that Barbie doesn't have a girlfriend, but she's a LGBTQ+ ally. Mattel modeled the other doll after fashion designer Aimee Song who created “love wins” shirts and was fundraising for Trevor Project's efforts to help LGBTQ+ youth in 2017, as Yahoo! clarified.
“Barbie and Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity,” Béatrice told me. “The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young).
The original Midge, waistline skinny as can be, was first introduced in the early 1960s. In 2002 she was pregnant, the subject of controversy, and was pulled from store shelves after parents complained the doll, packaged alone without family members, sent the wrong message.