The first Barbie doll was shown in 1959 at the toy exhibition in New York. The appearance of the doll was inspired by the German Bild Lilli doll, which the inventor of Barbie, Ruth Handler once bought in a Swiss shop.Lilli was not a children's toy, but rather an adult gag gift as she was rather curvy and busty. But Ruth was very invested in the idea of creating a new doll that would conquer children's hearts. She named Barbie doll after her daughter Barbara. After Mattel started producing the doll, sales were quite low, but they soon skyrocketed. And Barbie became the number one doll in the world.