From astronaut to vet, from Nascar driver to flight attendant, Barbie does it all! 130 careers, where does she find the time? She also has 40 pets, like a zebra and numerous cats. That's quite the lifestyle at 55 years of age! Sarcasm? Yes. I love Barbie! Especially because Barbie represents just that. That you can do, or be anything you want. Barbie was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler. She was the first doll that had her own marketing strategy and over a billion Barbies are sold worldwide. And not only that. Barbie has loads of accessories and other merchandise to go with the doll, like books, cosmetics and handbags. Barbie has fans all over the world but there are some critical notes to. Critics say that Barbie represented young girls with an unrealistic body image. If Barbie would have been a real woman, her Body Mass Index would have been around 16 what indicates she is an anorexic. In 1997 Mattel, who has the license for Barbie dolls, gave Barbie a bigger waistline. I wonder if that has helped . Best selling Barbie is the Totally Hair edition with over 10 million dolls sold worldwide. Barbie has been an inspiration for many. Even musicians couldn't resist!