Barbie in Pop Culture

Life in Plastic: A History of Barbie in Pop Culture

Life in Plastic: A History of Barbie in Pop Culture

She may be turning 55, but Barbie is still a hot ticket. Last year, the Career of the Year Mars Explorer Barbie doll was released, and Barbie's latest, non-Mattel incarnation is a version of the doll with normal body proportions. Imagine that!

Life in plastic might be fantastic, but Barbie isn't without her controversies. From body-image issues to diversity, there have been some bumps along the way. Since her creation in 1959, Barbie has had 125 different careers, been bald and beautiful, transformed into a drag queen, been spoofed on SNL, and more. Let's take a look at her many incarnations, pop culture references, and highs and lows now!

— Additional reporting by Tara Block

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