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Barbie Is 60! Here's A Look Back At Her Transformation.

Over the years, the Mattel doll has been been everything from an astronaut to a firefighter to a game developer, and even the president of the United States.

There’s no denying Barbie is one of the most iconic toys in the world, and she sure has come a long way since she was first introduced to the world.

Ruth Handler created Barbie in 1959 with the philosophy that little girls, through playing with the doll, could be anything they wanted to be. “Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices,” Handler once said.

Over the years, the Mattel doll has been been everything from an astronaut to a firefighter to a game developer, and even the president of the United States. She’s also faced her fair share of controversy; some people have questioned whether she perpetuates stereotypical gender roles and lacks racial representation, while others believe her slim body and unrealistic proportions promote an unhealthy beauty standard.

That’s not to say Barbie hasn’t evolved though. In 2015, the brand launched its very first “Shero” campaign. Through the initiative, Barbie has honored boundary-breaking women like Ava DuVernay, Naomi Osaka, Eva Chen and Ibtihaj Muhammad with their very own dolls. In 2016, Mattel went a step further and released a range of dolls with different body types, more hairstyles and seven skin tones, to better represent the world we live in.

She’s always been quite the fashion plate, acting as a mini-muse for designers like Bob Mackie, Karl Lagerfeld and Jeremy Scott at Moschino.

“Barbie has always been a reflection of current fashion and beauty trends ― from wearing mod dresses and ‘Twiggy looks’ in the ’60s to now rocking street style, athleisure and a half shaved hair look, there isn’t a trend she’s afraid to try,” Robert Best, senior design director at Barbie, told HuffPost via email.

In honor of Barbie’s 60th anniversary, we’re taking a look back at some of her most iconic fashion moments over the years. Check them out below:

1959
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A photo of the original Barbie, launched in March 1959 by American businesswoman Ruth Handler.
1963
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A Barbie doll from the early 1960s.
1963
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Barbie as a tennis player, 1963.
1965
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Astronaut Barbie first debuted in 1965. Here, the doll is seen photographed in 2014 at an exhibit in France.
1980s
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Loving You Barbie, circa the 1980s.
1980s
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A Barbie doll from the collection of Barbie aficionado Billy Boy wears an outfit designed by Christian Dior.
1980s
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Barbie and Ken dolls from the collection of Billy Boy wear outfits designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier.
1980s
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A photo of Sport Walkman Barbie from the 1980s.
1988
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Hot Rockin' Fun Barbie from the late 1980s.
1989
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Super Star Barbie, circa 1989.
1992
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A photo of Totally Hair Barbie, released in 1992.
1997
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A 1997 Diamond Dazzle Bob Mackie collector-edition Barbie on display at Christie's auction house in London, Sept. 25, 2006.
1997
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A photo from the Barbie Flowers collection, released in the 1990s.
1997
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Talk With Me Barbie, first released in 1997.
1997
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A dentist Barbie from the late 1990s, displayed at a New York toy fair.
1997
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The Share a Smile Becky Barbie doll, released in 1997.
1997
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Barbie Loves Elvis dolls, circa 1997.
1990s
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Portrait of Barbie dolls dressed in Auburn and Georgia Bulldogs cheerleader outfits.
1998
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Mattel's WNBA Barbie doll outfitted for basketball.
1999
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Mattel's Working Woman Barbie doll in a business suit with a cellphone.
1999
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Bob Mackie's Fantasy Goddess of Africa doll, first released in 1999.
1999
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Barbie wears a dress by Nina Ricci.
1999
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A 1999 Bob Mackie Barbie doll photographed in 2006.
1999
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The Sign Language Barbie, which was released in 1999.
2000
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Jewel Girl Barbie, with her more realistic bending and twisting waist, was released in 2000.
2000
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Barbie dolls for the Olympics are displayed by Mattel at the American International Toy Fair in New York, Feb. 14, 2000.
2000
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The 2000 President Barbie, released in 2000, had a very Hillary Clinton-esque hairdo.
2000
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Mattel's 2000 Celebration Barbie, the first collectible doll of the new millennium.
2000s
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Star Skater Barbie, circa 2000s.
2000s
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Barbie Loves SpongeBob SquarePants doll, circa the 2000s.
2001
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A Barbie doll done as Britney Spears when she attended the MTV awards in 2001.
2002
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Mattel debuted the Mystery Squad figures at the International Toy Fair in New York, Feb. 10, 2002.
2002
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Mattel debuts the All That Glitters Barbie at the International Toy Fair in New York, Feb. 10, 2002.
2002
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The Gone Platinum Barbie, seen at at the International Toy Fair in New York, Feb. 10, 2002.
2003
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Cindy Crawford Barbie, which debuted in 2003, wears a dress by Roberto Cavalli.
2003
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Boucheron Barbie from the Barbie Jewelry 2003 collection.
2003
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Perles de Tahiti Barbie, embroidered by Lesage, circa 2003.
2004
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A photo taken on March 10, 2016, in Paris shows the 2004 president Barbie doll holding a poster reading "Barbie for President."
2007
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A photo of the Mattel and Sanrio Hello Kitty Barbie doll, released in 2007.
2014
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This photo from 2016 shows the Karl Lagerfeld-edition Barbie, debuted in 2014.
2016
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The 2016 President and Vice President Barbie dolls.
2017
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A view of the Ibtihaj Muhammad Barbie on display during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women of the Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on Nov. 13 in New York City.
2018
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A Barbie doll depicting Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
2019
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A Barbie doll wearing Gianni Versace clothes is displayed during an exhibition dedicated to the Barbie doll at La Nef des Jouets on March 7, in Soultz, France.
2019
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The most recent class of Barbie "Sheros," which includes (from left to right): Maya Gabeira, Naomi Osaka, Kristina Vogel, Tessa Virtue, Yara Shahidi, Adwoa Aboah, Dipa Karmakar, Chen Man and Ita Buttrose.
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