In 1959, Ruth Handler created Barbie, taking inspiration from her daughter, Barbara. Initially, Barbie represented a single idea of beauty. Today, Barbie is celebrated for its diversity and acceptance. With over 35 skin tones, 97 hairstyles, and nine body types, Barbie reflects the real-world diversity of people.

Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has made significant strides in inclusivity. They introduced dolls representing disabilities, including those with wheelchairs, Down Syndrome, and vitiligo. Despite concerns about Barbie’s impact on self-image, Mattel actively seeks feedback from various communities. The success of the 2023 Barbie film, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, further solidified Barbie’s place in popular culture. Under the guidance of lead designer Carlyle Nuera, Barbie continues to evolve, aiming to resonate with a global audience with its message of diversity and inclusion as it enters its 66th year.