Here's what Barbie looked like the year you were born

Barbie MediaCommemorative Prince William and Kate Middleton dolls were created in 2012.

Despite being nearly 60, Barbie never seems to age.

Barbie dolls have, however, adapted to changing times with expanded career options, broader representation across race, nationality, and body type, and of course, the latest styles.

Here’s what Barbie dolls have looked like since they hit shelves in 1959.


1959

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1959.

Barbie made her debut in 1959 with a striped swimsuit, blonde ponytail, and red lipstick.


1960

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1960.

Barbie got a job! Fashion designer Barbie sported a matching jacket and skirt set with a blouse and sketchbook in 1960.


1961

Barbie MediaBarbie and Ken in 1961

Barbie and Ken hit the beach (or pool) together. Ken was introduced as Barbie’s fictional counterpart in 1961.


1962

Barbie MediaRed Flare Barbie in 1962.

This “Red Flare” Barbie from 1962 features a voluminous red coat and matching hat, said to be inspired by ’60s style icon Jackie Kennedy.


1963

Barbie MediaMidge in 1963

“Midge” was introduced in 1963 as Barbie’s best friend. She had freckles, a button nose, and dark curled hair.


1964

eBayBarbie in 1964.

In 1964, Barbie’s “swirl ponytail” hairstyle replaced what until then had been her trademark bangs.


1965

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1965.

Barbie’s bangs returned in 1965, along with a striped jumpsuit.


1966

Barbie MediaColour Magic Barbie in 1966.

“Colour Magic Barbie” featured yellow hair and an equally vibrant outfit.


1967

Barbie MediaTwistNTurn Barbie 1967.

“TwistNTurn Barbie” in 1967 featured bendable knees and a twistable waist.


1968

Barbie MediaTalking Barbie in 1968.

In 1968, “Talking Barbie” said things like “Let’s go shopping!”


1969

Barbie MediaChristie in 1969.

“Christie” was the first African-American doll, and marketed as Barbie’s friend. She debuted in 1968, but is pictured here in 1969.


1970

eBayCher Barbie in the 1970s.

The Cher Barbie doll was peak ’70s, wearing a miniature version of the outfit the singer herself wore in the music video for “Half Breed.”


1971

Barbie MediaMalibu Barbie in 1971.

“Malibu Barbie” epitomized the laid-back, West Coast vibe in 1971.


1972

eBayBarbie Beauty Center in 1972.

The “Barbie Beauty Center” allowed aspiring hairdressers to practice on Barbie’s blonde locks.


1973

Barbie MediaMalibu Christie in 1973.

“Malibu Christie” joined Barbie in California in 1973.


1974

Barbie MediaBarbie’s Town House in 1974

Barbie’s Town House in 1974 featured three stories and some retro decor.


1975

Barbie MediaBarbie the Olympic skier in 1975.

Barbie the Olympic skier was released in 1975, ahead of the 1976Winter Olympics in Austria.


1976

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1976.

Barbie stole the show as a ballerina in 1976.


1977

Barbie MediaSuperstar Barbie in 1977.

“Superstar” Barbie wore a glitzy pink gown with a sparkly boa.


1978

Barbie MediaBarbie and Ken in 1978.

“Superstar” Barbie teamed up with a fabulously ’70s Ken in 1978.


1979

Barbie MediaBarbie and Ken in 1979.

Barbie and Ken matched in monogrammed swimsuits in 1979.


1980

Barbie MediaTeresa Barbie in 1980.

Teresa, the first Hispanic doll in the line, added more representation to Barbie doll collections.


1981

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1981.

Barbie took up roller skating in 1981, complete with ’80s leg warmers.


1982

EtsyBarbie in 1982.

Barbie served burgers and fries at McDonald’s in 1982.


1983

Barbie MediaBarbie’s house in 1982.

Barbie’s townhouse in 1983 had a whole new look, and included a dining room, eat-in kitchen, living room, and bedroom.


1984

Barbie MediaBarbie and Ken in 1984.

Barbie wore a sparkly dress resembling flower petals in 1984, with a dark-haired Ken by her side.


1985

Barbie MediaDay To Night Barbie in 1985.

“Day To Night Barbie” was ready for a day at work and a night on the town.


1986

Barbie MediaBarbie in 1986.

Barbie landed on the moon as an astronaut in 1986.


1987

eBayDoctor Barbie in 1987.

Doctor Barbie was on call in 1987 with a white jacket and miniature stethoscope.


1988

Barbie MediaFashion Barbie in 1988.

“Fashion Barbie” in 1988 rocked ’80s styles from head to toe.


1989

eBayEvening Enchantment Barbie in 1989.

“Evening Enchantment Barbie” wore a shiny dress to match the night sky.


1990

Barbie MediaBarbie’s Dreamhouse in 1990.

Barbie’s Dreamhouse in 1990 was pink. Very, very pink.


1991

Barbie MediaBarbie the Air Force pilot in 1991.

Barbie the Air Force pilot landed on toy store shelves in 1991.


1992

Barbie MediaTotally Hair Barbie in 1992.

“Totally Hair Barbie” came with hair down to her ankles in 1992.


1993

Barbie MediaNative American Barbie in 1993.

“Native American Barbie” debuted in 1993.


1994

Barbie MediaKenyan Barbie in 1994.

Barbie’s “Dolls of the World” collection included “Kenyan Barbie” in 1994.


1998

Barbie MediaBarbie’s Deluxe Dream House in 1998.

Barbie’s Deluxe Dream House in 1998 featured flowery wallpaper with pink and green accents.


1999

Barbie MediaGeneration Girl Barbie in 1999.

“Generation Girl” Barbie wore a blue dress and denim jacket paired with red heels in 1999.


2000

Barbie MediaJewel Girl Barbie in 2000.

“Jewel Girl” Barbie in 2000 sported a crop top and pink skirt with a grey jacket.


2001

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2001.

Following the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Barbie released Olympic swimmers with gold medals in 2001.


2002

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2002.

Barbie worked as an art teacher in 2002.


2003

eBayJapanese princess Barbie in 2003.

“Dolls of the World” added a Japanese princess Barbie in 2003.


2004

Barbie MediaPresidential Candidate Barbie in 2004.

“Presidential Candidate” Barbie debuted in an election year, 2004.


2005

Barbie MediaDestiny’s Child Barbies in 2005.

Destiny’s Child Barbies were all the rage in 2005.


2006

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2006.

Barbie donned ballet shoes and a pink tutu as a ballerina in 2006.


2007

EtsyBarbie in 2007.

“Top Model Barbie” posed with her hands on her hips in 2007.


2008

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2008.

Barbie hosted her own cooking show in 2008.


2009

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2009.

Barbie sported a helmet and riding boots as an equestrian in 2009.


2010

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2010.

Barbie learned to code and became a computer engineer in 2010.


2011

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2011.

After occupying many different dream houses, Barbie the architect designed them herself in 2011.


2012

Barbie MediaBarbie in 2012.

Barbie released commemorative Prince William and Kate Middleton dolls in 2012.


2013

Barbie MediaRaquelle in 2013.

“Raquelle” played Barbie’s nemesis in the animated web series “Life in the Dreamhouse” in 2013.


2014

Barbie MediaBarbie Entrepreneur in 2014.

“Barbie Entrepreneur” had big plans in 2014 – and a miniature smartphone.


2015

eBayMade To Move Barbie in 2015.

“Made To Move” Barbie had flexible joints.


2016

MattelA curvy Barbie debuts in 2016.

Barbie introduced “Curvy” body types in 2016.


2017

Craig Barritt/Getty Images for GlamourThe first Barbie with a hijab in 2017.

Barbie’s first doll with a hijab was modelled after US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad.


2018

Barbie, MattelBarbie in 2018.

Barbies of Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon were based on the characters they play in “A Wrinkle In Time.”

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