Move over Disney princess, Mattel's Barbie, aka Barbara Millicent Roberts, has been inspiring young girls to be their truest self since 1959. While Barbie may have sparked recent controversies regarding diversity, the vintage Barbie launched its first African-American and Latina Barbies in 1980 with the effort to promote diversity, with diverse fashion trends and careers. Barbie's had over 200 types of jobs, empowering girls to chase beauty and brains. There's nothing Barbie can't do. She could be a UNICEF Ambassador, a doctor, a Marine Corps Sergeant, and even an American Idol Winner. Each and every style she carries portrays a story behind this American (and now a global) dream.

Aparna NethajiMarch 9, 2020