Barbie is a fashion doll that made its debut in New York on March 9, 1959. Barbie has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world. It takes a professional staff of top fashion designers, makeup artists, and the most elite couturiers–more than 100 people in all–to create a Barbie doll and her fashions. She has had over 200 inspirational careers including astronaut, pilot, firefighter, journalist, and entrepreneur to name a few. Barbie has been a muse to many artists over the past six decades.