No modern doll is as iconic, or had so many careers, as Barbie. Although she started out as a teenage fashion model in 1969, over the decades she has been everything from an aerobics instructor to a yoga teacher and pretty much everything in between. These Barbies from the collection of member Gail Simpler are just a sample of three positions in Barbie's extensive employment record. In 1989, Barbie enlisted in the United States Army as part of the Mattel American Beauties Collection.
However, the following year found her serving in the United States Navy.
In 1994 Barbie traveled to the moon in a special edition created to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon walk. However, this was not Barbie's first time in the space. In 1965, little girls could dress Barbie in her realistic "Miss Astronaut" outfit, complete with helmet, gloves, and boots, and Ken in his matching "Mr. Astronaut" ensemble. 1985 saw another Astronaut Barbie, this time in a fuchsia and silver suit that seemed more appropriate for a night at the disco than a walk on the moon