It is finally here. THE Barbie movie hitting theaters today, and after literally years of anticipation, it’s sure to be the summer film event (Sorry, Oppenheimer fans). movie stars Margot Robbie And Ryan Gosling like Barbie and Ken, with a starry cast which brings to life characters ranging from the executive of Mattel to President Barbie.
After absorbing so much barbie content the past few months, you might be wondering the story is behind the original dollcreation. Disclose! She is named after a very real person named Barbara Handler. In fact, you literally see Margot Robbie’s Barbie change to her “human” form, Barbara, to the end of the movie. Below, women’s health got you covered in everything there is to know about Barbara Handler.
Who was Barbie named after?
Barbie’s namesake is the one and only Barbara Handler, daughter of Mattel co-founder and then president Ruth Handler.
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Barbara liked play with dolls as a young girl, and she inspired her mother, Ruth, to create the OG Barbie doll during a family trip to Europe. While walking down a street in Switzerland, Barbara came across a curvy plastic doll in a store window, and was hypnotized by her, by the boston globe. The girl used to play with paper dolls.
The doll in the window, a Bild Lilli fashion doll, presented a unique alternative to other dolls of the time, according to Squire. It was plastic and had the ability to change outfitswhich was a rare doll feature at the time.
Barbara said that although her mother bought four of the dolls for her, she never saw them again. after the trip. “They were torn and searched, and they came up with the idea of the separate clothes, and the rest is history,” she told the New York Times.
But that’s where Barbara’s role in the Barbie story ends, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Barbara is currently 82 years old.
Barbara Handler was born on May 21, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, according to IMDb. His parents reportedly only had $14 in their bank account the day he was born, for The Boston Globe. Barbara was 15 when her mother came up with the idea for Barbie, the New York Times reported.
Now it seems that she leads a quiet, withdrawn life. She once owned a linens store, but it does not appear that she is currently working. However, she likes to play golf.
She has a brother named Ken.
Yes, This Ken. A few years after the Barbie doll was created, a Ken doll followed in 1961. As with his sister, Kenneth Handler’s similarities to his doll began and ended with his name. Unlike the doll, the real Ken Handler was more interested in subtitled books and movies, according to TODAY.
And, as for the assumption that Barbie and Ken are partners, rather than siblings, Barbara told the New York Times in 2002 that the assumption was awkward. “People think it was my boyfriend or my husband. I’m sure it was awkward for (my brother) too,” she said.
Barbara had many nicknames growing up.
Barbie’s name comes from one of Barbara’s many nicknames growing up. She was usually just called “Barbara”, but some of her nicknames included Babsy, Bobby and Barbie, she told the New York Times.
She is not currently married.
But Barbara has already been married. In 1959 she married Allen Segal when she was only 18, according to the New York Times. The couple were married for 11 years and had two children, including a daughter named Cheryl.
Who was Barbie inspired by?
Some fans may compare Barbara to her namesake toy, but Barbara and her mother insisted that the dolls were not aesthetically modeled after her. “My children did not look like the dolls, although Barbara was always beautifully built, and the doll wore many hairstyles like hers“, wrote Ruth Handler to a fan, according to the boston globe.
In fact, many Barbie fans draw more similarities to Ruth and Barbie. Ruth was once described as “small, classy and wealthy” by the Chicago Daily News and was driving a pink convertible, according to the boston globe.
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She doesn’t like being compared to Barbie.
Barbara said she just smiles politely when someone compares her to Barbie and goes completely off topic. “If the doll is like me, it’s totally a coincidence,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1989.
However, the Barbie creator’s daughter recognized how revolutionary her mother’s invention was. “She was definitely a pioneer of her time,” Barbara said in an interview with Brand Content Marketing Association, explaining how strong her mother’s belief in Barbie and women’s rights remained.
What is Barbara Handler’s net worth?
It’s unclear what Barbara’s current net worth is, but her mother was worth around $100 million when she died, according to Celebrity Net Worth. It is likely that Barbara inherited some money when her mother died in 2002.
To see Margot Robbie’s Barbie become her IRL namesake, you can see the film in theaters now.
Olivia Evans (her) is an editorial assistant at women’s health. His work has already appeared in The cup And teen vogue. She likes to cover topics where culture and well-being intersect. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, running and watching romantic comedies.