I'm a Barbie girl, in the Barbie world, Life in plastic, it's fantastic! Meet the real-life Barbies (and Kens)!

The Barbie doll has been the jewel in Mattel's crown since the company launched the toy in 1959 from Ruth Handler's idea.
The blonde bombshell has often been criticised by women's groups for presenting an unrealistic image of female beauty, but for many Barbie is an aspiration and they have spent thousands to become real-life Barbies (and Kens).
Find out which men and women have become real-life dolls...

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