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The evolution of the Barbie doll

Updated 1823 GMT (0223 HKT) March 8, 2019
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Barbie is introducing dolls with wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs in its newest Fashionistas line, which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty. Mattel is marking the 60th birthday of the iconic Barbie brand, which was launched on March 9, 1959. See how the doll has changed through the years. courtesy mattel
Teenage fashion model, 1959 Courtesy Mattel
Registered nurse, 1961 Courtesy Mattel
Astronaut, 1965 Courtesy Mattel
Surgeon, 1973 Courtesy Mattel
Olympic athlete, 1975 Courtesy Mattel
Aerobics instructor, 1984 Courtesy Mattel
Veterinarian, 1985 Courtesy Mattel
Rapper, 1992 Courtesy Mattel
Marine Corps sergeant, 1992 Courtesy Mattel
Business executive, 1992 Courtesy Mattel
Police officer, 1993 Courtesy Mattel
Army medic, 1993 Courtesy Mattel
Firefighter, 1995 Courtesy Mattel
Dentist, 1997 Courtesy Mattel
Airline pilot, 1999 Courtesy Mattel
Ballerina, 2006 Courtesy Mattel
Chef, 2007 Courtesy Mattel
Soccer coach, 2008 Courtesy Mattel
Swim instructor, 2008 Courtesy Mattel
Race car driver, 2010 Courtesy Mattel
News anchor, 2010 Courtesy Mattel
Computer engineer, 2010 Courtesy Mattel
Architect, 2011 Courtesy Mattel
Presidential candidate, 2012 Courtesy Mattel
Entrepreneur, 2014 Courtesy Mattel
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, 2014 Courtesy Mattel
Super Sparkle superhero, 2015 Courtesy Mattel
In 2015, the Barbie Fashionista line represented eight skin tones, 14 facial structures, 22 hairstyles, 23 hair colors and 18 eye colors. Courtesy Mattel
Just ahead of International Women's Day last year, Barbie introduced a batch of new dolls based on real-life figures. From left are Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson. Courtesy of Barbie