March 10, 2015 by Bill Johnson
Ms. Mattel herself turned 56 on Monday, though she barely looks a day older than her little sister Skipper.
From astronaut to flight attendant, Barbie is a lady of many hats (and high heels), bravely taking on a variety of occupations throughout the decades – and with perfectly applied lipstick to boot.
Starting as a simple doll in 1959, Barbie has since become an unforgettable part of pop culture. Over the years, her style, shape and relationship status have changed, but she still remains one of the top toys in the business.
Fifty-six looks to be another fabulous year for Barbie; we’re just a few months into 2015, and she is already all over the news.
Celebrate this icon’s big day by checking out five ways Barbie still has people buzzing.
1. Even Hillary Clinton Is Going Plastic
Barbie ran for office in 2012, and now it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn (again) – at least that’s what the minds behind the Hillary Clinton Action Figure Kickstarter are hoping. To get people excited for the former secretary of state’s potential presidential run, the fundraiser followed in Mattel’s footsteps and made a toy version of Clinton. Barbie better watch out if she is seeking a nomination in 2016.
2. Barbie Talks Back
Get ready to take your games of make believe to the next level, because Barbie is learning the art of conversation. In February, Mattel introduced Hello Barbie, a doll that can listen to a child’s chitchat and adjust her talk accordingly, reports Time. So if you tell Barbie you really like kittens, Barbie will remember and bring up the animal in a later conversation. The future is now.
3. Diablo Cody Is Turning Barbie into a Movie Star
The brain behind Juno and Jennifer’s Body is taking on Barbie next. According to Deadline, Diablo Cody has been invited to tackle the next draft of Barbie, the live-action movie based on the Mattel fashion maven. The company hopes Cody’s wit can turn the comedy into a film worthy of a franchise.