Here's what Barbie has looked like through the years

Barbie has always been changing, albeit very slowly.

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Yesterday, Mattel announced it's introducing three new body types and several new skin tones for Barbie. The news generated a huge amount of press, with many praising the toy company's decision.

Although Barbie's body hasn't changed much since she was introduced in 1959, her look certainly has. Barbie has been chasing trends for decades, and (like you) might be a little embarrassed about some of her past fashion choices. Here's a look at different Barbie models since the doll hit the market and changed the face (and body) of toys around the world.  

1. 1959

Barbie was first introduced to the American public at the end of the Eisenhower era. Although the blonde swimsuit Barbie has become iconic, a model was also sold with brunette hair. 

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2. 1960s

In the 1960s, Barbie became a lot more mod by cutting her hair and wearing hip clothing. More accessories were sold too, including stylish interchangeable bob haircuts. 

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3. 1970s

Barbie grew out her hair in the 1970s, and her style got a little groovier too. Check out the crocheted skirt!

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4. 1980s

Reflecting TV programs like Dallas and Dynasty, Barbie started flaunting some elegant designs in the 1980s. She also got more use out of her can of hairspray. 

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5. 1990s

Barbie started getting more diverse in the 1990s, but consumers still gravitated towards the original look of Barbie with blonde hair and blue eyes. The "Totally Hair" model (pictured) was the biggest selling Barbie ever for Mattel. 

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6. 2000s

Barbie became slightly more realistic in the 2000s. Mattel changed the doll's look by slightly flattening the chest and widening the hips. 

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7. Today

Mattel introduced three radically new body types for Barbie - curvy, petite, and tall. The company also introduced new skin tones and hairstyles that it says better reflects realistic body standards. 

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