Barbara Millicent Roberts - more famously known as Barbie® - is a fashion doll and figurehead of Mattel. Since 1959 she has been recognised as the original teenage fashion model. In the past 50 years, she has established herself as one of the world's leading fashion icons. Barbie has been dressed by designers including Prada, Burberry, Chanel, Roksanda Ilincic and Danielle Scutt; more than 100 million metres of fabric have gone into making her wardrobe and she has had over one billion pairs of shoes, most recently created by Christian Louboutin.
She first broke the plastic ceiling in the 1960s when, as an astronaut, she went to space four years before man walked on the moon. In the '80s she took to the boardroom as “Day to Night™” CEO Barbie®, just as women began to break into management. And in the '90s, she ran for President, before any female candidate ever made it onto the presidential ballot. In 2010, Barbie® took on several new careers, including: snowboarder, ballroom dancer and racecar driver. Her 126th career was recently announced as computer engineer, shortly before she joined SHOWstudio.com as an intern in September 2010.