Turning 50 With Barbie

Turning 50 With Barbie

Katherine Lanpher -- along with Alaska and Hawaii -- is turning a half-century this year, but a certain popular doll is getting there first. (Time)

These career stats are hard to beat: she’s been a doctor, a nurse, an astronaut, a model, a racecar driver, an Olympic athlete, a soldier and a president. She’s been 45 nationalities, several ethnicities and starred in countless movies.

Who is she? Why, Barbie, of course. And this year she turns 50, old enough for membership in AARP.

As media personality Katherine Lanpher hits the same milestone, she takes a look at the career of the world’s most famous doll in this Time Magazine video. Mattel says they sell a Barbie somewhere in the world every second, and 1 billion clothing items have been designed for her.

From the icon’s creation in 1959 to a high-priced 50th anniversary coffee table book, Lanpher takes us on a humorous journey through all that is Barbie.


Length: 4:56

Producer/Camera: Craig Duff
Editor: Jim Fields
Time.com Contributor: Katherine Lanpher