55 Fun and Fascinating Barbie Trivia Questions

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Welcome to Barbie World! Today’s trivia post is all about glamour, fashion, reaching for your dreams, and endless imagination as we celebrate the iconic symbol of American childhood, none other than the timeless Barbie doll!

With her signature long locks, stylish wardrobe, multiple professions/careers, and a dreamhouse that has captured hearts for decades, Barbie is a cultural phenomenon that we’re glad to have been a part of.

In this Barbie trivia, we invite you to relive the magic of Barbie’s world.

We’ll start by exploring the fascinating history of Barbie’s evolution – from her debut price tag to the introduction of Ken and her ever-growing circle of friends. Test your knowledge on Barbie’s career choices, fashion statements, and the many transformations she’s undergone over the years.

Next up, immerse yourself in the world of the Barbie movie on the silver screen. As as you all remember, Barbie’s cinematic journey is as diverse as her wardrobe.

Join us on this pink-tastic journey filled with nostalgia, glitz, and perhaps a touch of 90s Barbie magic.

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Barbie Trivia Questions: Barbie Doll History

In what year was the first Barbie doll introduced to the public?

Answer: 1959. The first Barbie doll was introduced on March 9, 1959.

Where was Barbie debuted in 1959?

Answer: The American International Toy Fair in New York.

Barbie first appeared in what outfit?

Answer: Her iconic black-and-white striped swimsuit.

First Barbie Doll - Barbie Trivia Questions
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Who is credited with inventing the Barbie doll?

Answer: Ruth Handler.

What was the original price of the first Barbie doll in 1959?

Answer: $3.

What is the full name of Barbie’s boyfriend?

Answer: Barbie’s boyfriend’s full name is Ken Carson.

In what year was Ken introduced as Barbie’s boyfriend?

Answer: Ken was introduced in 1961, 2 years after Barbie debuted.

What is Barbie’s full name?

Answer: Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

What was the first ever job-themed Barbie doll introduced in 1959?

Answer: The first job-themed Barbie was a “Teenage Fashion Model” Barbie

What is the significance of the Barbie doll below, released in 1963?

Career Girl Barbie 1963
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Answer: Outfitted in a tweed skirt suit and gloves, Barbie had her first stint as a corporate exec in 1963 — a time when women were almost entirely absent from top-level roles in companies.

In 1965, Barbie’s little sister was introduced. What is her name?

Answer: Barbie’s little sister is named Skipper.

To counteract criticisms that Barbie was solely a sex symbol, Mattel gave her a best friend, ___ ____, introduced in 1963. What was her name?

Answer: Midge Hadley.

What is the name of another one of Barbie’s friends, introduced in 1968?

Answer: Stacey. Stacey Dolls were introduced in 1968 as Barbie’s new “cool” Mod friend.

What was the name of the first astronaut Barbie doll?

Answer: “Miss Astronaut Barbie”

In 1967, supermodel ____ became the first celebrity to have a Barbie made in her likeness. Who was she?

Answer: Twiggy.

In 1997, Barbie got her first computer and entered the tech world. What was the name of the doll?

Answer: “Talk With Me Barbie”

Barbie has a line of movies. What was the title of her first animated film released in 2001?

Answer: Barbie in the Nutcracker, released in 2001.

In 2019, Barbie celebrated a milestone birthday. How old did she turn?

Answer: Barbie turned 60 years old in 2019.

What is the name of Barbie’s horse, introduced as part of her equestrian collection?

Answer: Barbie’s horse is named Tawny.

In 1994, Barbie had a doll inspired by a wildly popular sci-fi TV show character of the time. What was the name of this doll?

Answer: “X-Files Barbie”, who was inspired by the character Dana Scully from the TV show The X-Files.

What German doll, known for her provocative attire and saucy demeanor, inspired the creation of Barbie?

Answer: Bild Lilli. She was sold as an adult novelty in bars and tobacco shops — definitely not as a toy for children!

What revolutionary move did Mattel make in the 1950s regarding Barbie’s advertising?

Answer: Barbie became one of the first toys to be advertised on TV.

Who created a painting of Barbie, titled “Barbie, Portrait of BillyBoy*”?

Answer: Andy Warhol.

In 1971, what significant change was made to Barbie’s appearance?

Answer: Her eyes were changed to face forward.

What controversial accessories did early Barbie dolls come with, contributing to accusations of promoting an unhealthy body image?

Answer: A bathroom scale permanently fixed at 110 pounds and a book entitled “How To Lose Weight” with the instruction “Don’t eat.”

What was unique about the version of Midge released in 2002?

Answer: She was pregnant with a removable stomach that revealed a baby.

What is the highest price ever paid for a Barbie doll at auction?

Answer: $302,500.

Who holds the record for the biggest Barbie collection in the world, exceeding 15,000 dolls?

Answer: Bettina Dorfmann.

Who did Mattel sue over the song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua?

Answer: MCA Records. They claimed copyright infringement and damage to Barbie’s image.

To help young girls with cancer, Mattel produced a bald friend of Barbie named ___. What was her name?

Answer: Ella. First manufactured in 2012, they were created in only a limited number and were distributed directly to hospitals. Responding to a petition from a cancer patient’s mother, Mattel agreed in 2014 to produce more Ella Barbies.

Clad in a black and white suit reminiscent of her first outfit from 1959, Barbie made the cover of what magazine back in 2014?

Answer: The 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition

Inspiring Women Barbie Collection
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In 2018, Mattel released a new collection that features three ground-breaking, history-making women—Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson. What was the collection called?

Answer: Inspiring Women – browse dolls from the collection here on Amazon

How did Barbie and Ken get their names?

Answer: Barbie was named after Ruth Handler’s daughter, Barbara, and Ken after her son, Kenneth.

The best-selling Barbie doll ever was in 1992. Which Barbie doll was it?

Answer: Totally Hair Barbie, which featured floor-length hair.

The first fashion designer collaboration was in 1985. Which designer was it with?

Answer: Oscar de la Renta.

How did Ruth Handler decide to create a three-dimensional doll in the first place?

Answer: Ruth decided to create a three-dimensional doll when she saw her daughter playing with paper dolls, pretending they were students, cheerleaders and career women.

Barbie and Ken actually broke up in 2004, then got back together in 2011 on what day?

Answer: Valentine’s Day.

Barbie Trivia Questions: Barbie Movie

Margot Robbie Barbie Movie | Courtesy of Mattel, Inc.

Who narrates the beginning of the film and explains the societal impact of the Barbie doll?

Answer: Helen Mirren (The Narrator).

What disrupts Barbie’s usual routines, leading her to seek out Weird Barbie for help?

Answer: Barbie develops bad breath, cellulite, and flat feet overnight.

What crisis prompts Barbie to visit Weird Barbie (Kate McKinnon) in Barbieland?

Answer: Barbie starts questioning her mortality, and gets flat feet.

Who plays the Mattel CEO in the movie?

Answer: Will Ferrell.

Which doll has feelings for Stereotypical Barbie and competes for her attention?

Answer: Beach Ken (Ryan Gosling).

Movie Ken | Courtesy of Mattel, Inc.

What do the Kens consider their “profession” in Barbieland?

Answer: Playing at the beach.

Who does Barbie find stowed away in her car on her way to the real world?

Answer: Ken.

In what city do Barbie and Ken accidentally get arrested multiple times?

Answer: Los Angeles.

What does Barbie punch a man for at Venice Beach, leading to her and Ken’s brief arrest?

Answer: Groping her.

What is the name of the human girl that Barbie tries to help in the real world?

Answer: Sasha.

Who is revealed to be the source of Barbie’s worries in the real world?

Answer: Sasha’s mother, Gloria.

What is Gloria’s role in Barbie’s life crisis in the real world?

Answer: Gloria started playing with Barbie during a midlife crisis, projecting her concerns onto Barbie.

Who leads the Kens in overthrowing the matriarchal system in Barbieland?

Answer: Ken (Ryan Gosling).

What societal roles are the Barbies indoctrinated into by the Kens when they take over Barbieland?

Answer: Agreeable girlfriends, housewives, and maids.

Who makes a friendly deal with the Mattel CEO and agrees to equality for the Kens and discontinued toys?

Answer: President Barbie (Issa Rae).

President Barbie | Courtesy of Mattel, Inc.

Whose spirit does Barbie meet towards the end of the movie, encouraging her to choose her own path?

Answer: Ruth Handler (Rhea Perlman), Mattel’s co-founder and Barbie’s creator.

What does Barbie decide to become at the end of the movie?

Answer: Human.

What is Barbie’s new name when she returns to the real world?

Answer: Barbara Handler.

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