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    Barbie through the ages

    See how the famous doll has changed over five decades.

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    Barbie, 1959

    The No. 1 Ponytail Barbie sold for $3 in 1959, when it debuted at the New York Toy Fair. Her full name, so you know, is Barbie Millicent Roberts. She's from Willows, Wisc.

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    Fashion Designer Barbie, 1960

    Though Barbie's now one of the world's most famous blondes, back in these days she was available as a brunette, too. Here, Fashion Designer Barbie is clutching her portfolio of clothing sketches. Click through to see how her fashion sense takes an interesting turn, starting in the '70s...

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    Open Road Barbie, 1961

    This very Katharine Hepburn look suggests Barbie's about to take a ride in a convertible.

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    Singer Barbie, 1961

    Starting in the '60s, Barbie girls had the choice of a new hair color -- "Titian" -- which was a term for red hair back then. Other jobs, aside from singer, that were available: nurse, ballerina and flight attendant.

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    Flight Attendant Barbie, 1961

    Resembling the famous Pan Am stewardesses, this mod Barbie is reminiscent of a day when flying was glamorous.

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    Red Flare Barbie, 1962

    Check out that swing coat! And that helmet of hair! Barbie's voluminous looks aren't such a far cry from today's runways.

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    Barbie Fashion Queen, 1963

    With this headgear, Barbie looks a little like an escapee from King Tut's tomb. It was in the mid-'60s that the dolls, including Barbie Fashion Queen, started sporting more elaborate hairstyles. This one apparently didn't like her 'do.

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    Career Girl Barbie,1963

    Isn't this what everyone wears to work? Around this time, Barbie started emulating strong women of her era, from Grace Kelly to Jackie Kennedy.

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    Miss Barbie, 1964

    Yeah, not sure about this cap. But who doesn't love a good ruffle suit? Miss Barbie was the first doll to feature bendable legs and eyes that open and close. She's also one of the early dolls to have molded hair and come with a variety of wigs.

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    Astronaut Barbie, 1965

    Astronaut Barbie has made several comebacks over the years, but she debuted in the 60s.

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    Color Magic Barbie, 1966

    This Barbie's hair came in two colors -- Golden Blonde and Midnight -- that changed to Scarlet Flame and Ruby Red, respectively. Also, her packaging converted into a closet. Mattel was really pulling out all the stops here.

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    Plush Pony Barbie, 1967

    Doesn't get much more mod than this! As the '60s progressed, so did Barbie's go-go style. Even Barbie looks shocked by this fashionable turn of events.

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    Twist-n-Turn Barbie, 1967

    While everyone else was twisting and shouting, Barbie was actually twisting. Along with a new, younger face (she's had good work done, no?), new eyelashes and shinier hair, Barbie got the ability to actually spin at the waist.

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    Smasheroo Barbie, 1968

    The shirtdress, the jacket, the hat, the chain belt, the tights and the boots may be a little much when worn all together, but Barbie does her best to pull it off.

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    Maxi 'N Mini Fashion Barbie. 1970

    If Barbie wants to get noticed, a faux fur-collared shiny turquoise coat is the way to do it. And why not? The '70s have arrived, and things are about to get funky...

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    Cher Barbie, 1970s

    Mattel's Cher Barbie, designed in the 70s, is far out.

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    Live Action Barbie, 1971

    Need we even point out that it's 1971? This Cher-tastic Barbie takes hippie chic to new levels.

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    Malibu Barbie, 1971

    Oh, Malibu Barbie. Mattel credits "The Brady Bunch" for putting that easy, breezy California lifestyle on the map, providing the cultural inspiration for this L.A. girl's look. The first doll with an open smile that showed sparkling white teeth, Malibu Barbie also featured a serious tan.

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    Busy Barbie, 1972

    So much to do, so little time! Let's see. There's that phone call to make, those records to listen to, TV to watch and that trip to take that's so short, I only need this tiny suitcase...

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    Surgeon Barbie, 1973

    Scrubs have never looked so fashionable.

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    Olympic Skier Barbie, 1975

    Look at her go! Her Olympic Ski Village was sold separately (as was Gold Medal Ken Skier).

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    African-American Barbie, 1980

    The African-American Barbie doll debuted in 1980, at the same time as the first Hispanic Barbie.

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    Hispanic Barbie, 1980

    Barbie was introduced in two new ethnicities during the 80s.

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    Golden Dream Barbie, 1981

    Just as the '70s were meeting the '80s, this Golden Girl captures the intersection of two fashion moments, mixing shiny and poufy into one awesome jumpsuit.

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    Roller Skating Barbie, 1981

    Who needs a helmet with hair like that? Roller Skating Barbie was ready to live out her own Xanadu dream. The weird thing is, Roller Skating Ken is wearing a similar outfit.

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    Designer Denim Barbie, 1982

    Brooke Shields had her Calvin Kleins, and Barbie had these fabulous jeans.

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    Dream Date Barbie, 1983

    It's not the outfit most of us would choose for our first date. But have you SEEN Barbie's boyfriend? Maybe we should reconsider our strategies.

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    Day to Night Barbie, 1985

    Every working girl needs an outfit like this: The coat came off to reveal an evening ensemble. No word on where she stashed the briefcase.

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    Astronaut Barbie, 1986

    As women flooded the workforce, Mattel gave Barbie the ultimate job -- and sent her to space! It was one giant leap for dollkind.

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    Barbie and the Rockers, 1986

    The dawn of MTV gave music a new outlet, and a few years later, Barbie got her own band!

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    Fashion Barbie, 1988

    The T-shirt tie is one trend that hasn't resurfaced. So there's that to be grateful for.

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    Air Force Pilot Barbie, 1991

    In 1989, Barbie joined the Army in a uniform that was even approved by the Pentagon. Two years later, Air Force Pilot Barbie tried to contain her hair in that tiny hat, but failed.

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    Marine Corps Sergeant Barbie, 1992

    With a jaunty cap and white gloves, Barbie was decked out for battle in a pair of black pumps.

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    Rapper Barbie, 1992

    So this happened. And in the same year that Barbie ran for president! Their outfits were very different.

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    Totally Hair Barbie, 1992

    The crimping alone must have taken her hours every morning. To date, she's the best-selling doll of all time, with locks measuring a record-breaking 10.5 inches.

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    Police Officer Barbie, 1993

    This Barbie meant business...but she also liked to have fun. Her original packaging included a sparkly gold dress.

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    Scuba Diver Barbie, 1994

    Add scuba diving to the long list of Barbie's myriad activities. Where did she find the time?

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    Native American Barbie, 1994

    Part of Mattel's 'Dolls of the World' collection, Native American Barbie is complete with feathers and turquoise accessories.

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    Firefighter Barbie, 1995

    Complete with a first aid kit, firefighter Barbie debuted in 1995.

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    Fashion Barbie, 1996

    Barbie's fashion took a funereal turn with this all-black number, at the height of '90s edginess.

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    Pet Doctor Barbie, 1996

    "Puppy's hurt his leg; kitty's got the flu," said the commercial for this veterinarian Barbie, whose outfit also included pink leggings under that white coat.

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    Harley Davidson Barbie, 1997

    Just give her a chopper and she's ready to ride!

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    Cool Blue Barbie, 1998

    Remember overalls and blue hair? Barbie does. She had a thumb ring, too.

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    Major League Baseball, 1998

    Put them in the game, coach! These women are ready to play, even if they're on competing teams.

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    NASCAR Driver, 1998

    Ten years before Danica Patrick's historic Indy Car win in 2008, Mattel boasts, Barbie took to the racetrack in this top-heavy jumpsuit.

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    Working Woman, 1999

    Check out the size of that cellphone! Working Woman Barbie had it all! And carried it all, from the looks of it, in that enormous shoulder bag.

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    Presidential Candidate, 2004

    What presidential candidate would be without a smart red pantsuit? Hillary Clinton could take a page from Barbie's book: She let her blond locks fly.

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    Producer Barbie, 2005

    She's tough and she's not taking no for an answer. Though she looks more like a secret agent than a producer here.

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    Cinco de Mayo Barbie, 2007

    In 2007, Mattel commemorated the May 5, 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French army at the Battle of Puebla with Cinco de Mayo Barbie.

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    TV Chef Barbie, 2008

    Look out, Rachael Ray. Barbie's in the kitchen and she's taking her cooking skills to TV! How's that for an upgrade from the toy kitchen of decades past?

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    Computer Engineer Barbie, 2010

    In 1992, a talking Barbie doll made headlines by saying "Math class is tough." By 2010, however, Barbie was wearing a T-shirt printed with a binary code. How's that for coming a long way, baby?

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    News Anchor Barbie, 2010

    This camera-ready Barbie debuted at the New York Toy Fair in 2010.

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    China Barbie, 2011

    Part of Barbie's 'Dolls of the World' collection, China Barbie was packaged with a panda, a passport and gold jewelry.

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