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Wednesday is National Barbie Day

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(CNN) – Happy birthday, Barbie!

The fashionable blonde haired, blue-eyed, long-legged plastic doll made her debut at the American International Toy Fair March 9, 1959.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. She was created by Ruth Handler and named after her daughter.

Barbie’s boyfriend Ken was introduced in 1961 by Mattel, and her sister Skipper in 1964.

Ninety percent of girls between the ages of 3 and 12 have owned a Barbie, according to Mattel.

Mattel recently announced big changes to Barbie, including seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hair styles and three different body shapes. 

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