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Happy 57th birthday, Barbie!

Barbie made her depute on March 9, 1957 at the International American Toy Fair in New York.

Even after 57 years, Barbie still holds a great appeal to young girls. There is just something special about being able to role-play and emulate being a grown-up that sparks the imagination of young minds. Playing with Barbies was my first encounter with developing a sense of fashion. My grandmother made the most incredible Barbie clothes. I think Barbie had a better wardrobe and selection of cute plastic shoes than I did. Over the years, I’ve noticed that Barbie even has a fine collection of jewelry to choose from.

For us adults that still have a soft spot for Barbie, I stumbled upon this website that takes Barbie’s fashion flair to the next level. Ninimomo Company designs and sells incredible one-of-a-kind couture dressed dolls, referred to as delegates, that represent areas all over the globe. The best part is the the strikingly beautiful clothing the dolls all wear. Each gown features hand-sewn beadwork.

Here are just a few examples of the dolls featured on their website. The beadwork and attention to detail is quite impressive.
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Here's to wishing Barbie a wonderful birthday. She also happens to share the same special day with my father, so happy birthday to him too!
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