10 Little-Known Facts About Barbie

Written by emilyc

During my childhood, Barbies were everything. I would produce runway shows for them and make sure that they were lined up backstage in spring/summer ’91 fashions. I cared more about what they wore than what I wore, which is obvious if you look at any early 90s photos of my outfit choices (I was big into power-clashing). Sure, you have your own memories with Barbie, but did you ever know her background? Did you ever take a minute to think about her past? No. So here you go.


1. Barbie’s real name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

2.The first Barbie doll only came in blonde or brunette.

3. Barbie is from Wisconsin, not Malibu.

4. Barbie has had over 130 careers, including rapper.

5. Ken’s full name is Ken Carson.

6. Barbie has had about 50 pets, including a panda, a giraffe, and a lion.

7. Brown is the color most frequently used for Barbie eyeshadow.

8. Even Barbie has worked at McDonald’s.

9. Barbie has never been pregnant (only her best friend Midge has).

10. “Totally Hair” Barbie (1992) is the best-selling Barbie ever (pictured above).

About the author


Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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