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Every girl's dream doll, head-turner Barbie is 50

Mar 09, 2009 01:29 PM IST India India

New Delhi: She's an American icon , a business phenomenon and what every little girl wants. Barbie has turned fifty, and toy maker Mattel is celebrating her birthday with fashion shows, parties and exhibitions around the world.

But the blonde doll with an enviable figure who stands 11.5 inches tall is not just an American brand. Barbie has made her mark around the world in more than 140 countries.

To commemorate the day, Shanghai goes pink with Mattel's first flagship store. The store housed in a fuschia-coloured building will include a design centre where visitors can create their own dolls.