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Fifty Years of Barbie

For 50 years, a certain American blonde with the figure of a Playboy bunny, the hair-do of a USC cheerleader, and the arches of a Conde Nast editor has been channeling the zeitgeist and fashioning her wardrobe accordingly. Here are just some of the dolls from her storied life.

  • <p>
1959 - The Original Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1960 - Fashion Designer Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1961 - Flight Attendant Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1962 - Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1963 - Career Girl Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1964 - Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1965 - Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1966 - Barbie Color Magic
</p>
  • <p>
1967 - Twist N Turn Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1968 - Talking Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1969 - Twist Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1970 - Max N Mini Fashion Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1971 - Live Action Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1972 - Busy Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1973 - Malibu Christie
</p>
  • <p>
1974 - Miss America Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1975 - Skipper
</p>
  • <p>
1976 - Olympic Gymnast Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1977 - Superstar Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1978 - Barbie Country Camper
</p>
  • <p>
1979 - Barbie Dream House
</p>
  • <p>
1980 - Hispanic Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1981 - Golden Dream Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1982 - Designer Denim Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1983 - Dream Date Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1984 - Crystal Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1985 - Barbie in Oscar de la Renta
</p>
  • <p>
1986 - Barbie and the Rockers
</p>
  • <p>
1987 - German Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1988 - Canadian Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1989 - Russian Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1990 - Nigerian Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1991 - Fashion Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1992 - Rapper Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1993 - Army Ranger Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1994 - Chinese Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1995 - Barbie in Donna Karan
</p>
  • <p>
1996 - Barbie in Calvin Klein
</p>
  • <p>
1997 - Harley Davidson Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1998 - NASCAR Driver Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
1999 - WNBA Player Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
2000 - Barbie in Hanae Mori
</p>
  • <p>
2001 - Barbie in Burberry
</p>
  • <p>
2002 - Pop Sensation Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
2003 - Barbie in Kate Spade
</p>
  • <p>
2004 - Presidential Candidate Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
2005 - Ferrari Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
2006 - Barbie in Diane Von Furstenberg
</p>
  • <p>
2007 - Hello Kitty Barbie
</p>
  • <p>
2008 - Barbie in Juicy Couture
</p>
  • <p>
2009 - 50th Anniversary Barbie
</p>
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    1959 - The Original Barbie

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    1960 - Fashion Designer Barbie

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    1961 - Flight Attendant Barbie

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    1962 - Barbie

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    1963 - Career Girl Barbie

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    1964 - Barbie

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    1965 - Barbie

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    1966 - Barbie Color Magic

  • 09 /51

    1967 - Twist N Turn Barbie

  • 10 /51

    1968 - Talking Barbie

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    1969 - Twist Barbie

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    1970 - Max N Mini Fashion Barbie

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    1971 - Live Action Barbie

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    1972 - Busy Barbie

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    1973 - Malibu Christie

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    1974 - Miss America Barbie

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    1975 - Skipper

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    1976 - Olympic Gymnast Barbie

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    1977 - Superstar Barbie

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    1978 - Barbie Country Camper

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    1979 - Barbie Dream House

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    1980 - Hispanic Barbie

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    1981 - Golden Dream Barbie

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    1982 - Designer Denim Barbie

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    1983 - Dream Date Barbie

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    1984 - Crystal Barbie

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    1985 - Barbie in Oscar de la Renta

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    1986 - Barbie and the Rockers

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    1987 - German Barbie

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    1988 - Canadian Barbie

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    1989 - Russian Barbie

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    1990 - Nigerian Barbie

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    1991 - Fashion Barbie

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    1992 - Rapper Barbie

  • 35 /51

    1993 - Army Ranger Barbie

  • 36 /51

    1994 - Chinese Barbie

  • 37 /51

    1995 - Barbie in Donna Karan

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    1996 - Barbie in Calvin Klein

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    1997 - Harley Davidson Barbie

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    1998 - NASCAR Driver Barbie

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    1999 - WNBA Player Barbie

  • 42 /51

    2000 - Barbie in Hanae Mori

  • 43 /51

    2001 - Barbie in Burberry

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    2002 - Pop Sensation Barbie

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    2003 - Barbie in Kate Spade

  • 46 /51

    2004 - Presidential Candidate Barbie

  • 47 /51

    2005 - Ferrari Barbie

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    2006 - Barbie in Diane Von Furstenberg

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    2007 - Hello Kitty Barbie

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    2008 - Barbie in Juicy Couture

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    2009 - 50th Anniversary Barbie