This year is the 50th anniversary of Barbie, and DesignBoom has an amazing behind-the-scenes gallery of the "adult" doll for little girls. The images are fascinating:

This is a Barbie face mold. A wee Mommie Dearest, no?

According to the copy, "the doll is sold in 150 countries, has represented more than 50 nationalities and ethnicities." When I was a kid, though, I was pretty sure that the black one looked just like the white one, except, you know, brown.

What makes Barbie Barbie: Her awesome makeup.

Ouch.

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Oh, I think I had that one! At the time, I hated her hair, because I could not get a comb through it. Lord knows I tried! Those teeny suckers broke.

Isn't it interesting that every single detail was designed and approved?

Will this little lady live to spread her message of blondeness, feet made for heels and "dream" houses to children for another 50 years? Probably! Lots more images here.


The Making Of Barbie [DesignBoom]