The Mattel Barbie Doll on the cover of the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover is on display at the 111th American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on February 17, 2014. This is largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from around the globe to showcase their toy and entertainment products. UPI/John Angelillo
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of the doll using a German doll called Bild Lilli as her inspiration.
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