The Barbie doll, which first started on the world stage in 1959, was invented by Ruth Handler (who is the co-founder of Mattel) after she found that her daughter liked to play with paper dolls that resembled grown-ups.
Handler suggested creating a three-dimensional doll that looked like an adult rather than a child.
The doll was then named after Handler’s daughter, Barbara. Until now, this doll still produced by Mattel. The doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.