Barbie: Still stylish at 60

Barbie was launched in 1959, when most girls had only baby dolls and paper dolls to play with, rather than grown-up dolls.
Barbie was launched in 1959, when most girls had only baby dolls and paper dolls to play with, rather than grown-up dolls.PHOTO: MATTEL

SINGAPORE - She may be 60 this year, but porcelain-faced Barbie remains a popular children's toy and an iconic figure, with more than 100 dolls sold every minute.

While the doll has faced controversy for setting an unrealistic body image for young girls, Barbie's origins were all about female empowerment.

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