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Barbie® Doll to Unveil a “New Face” on Her 50th Birthday with Unveiling of the 2009 Bathing Suit Barbie® Doll

After a hectic week at New York Fashion Week, Barbie gets some well deserved R&R at her new Malibu beach pad (Photo: Business Wire)

MALIBU, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Mar 04, 2009 On Monday, March 9th, 50 years to the day she was first introduced at New York Toy Fair in her now famous black-and-white striped bathing suit, Barbie® will reveal an entirely new look with the unveiling of the 2009 Black-and-White Bathing suit doll.

Designed as a modern interpretation of the original 1959 doll, the new Bathing Suit Barbie® doll unveils a brand new face sculpt for Barbie® doll. Additionally, the new doll – to be revealed at midnight on Monday, March 9th – will have a throwback price, sold at Barbie® doll’s 1959 price of $3 for one week (March 9-14 at participating retailers).

Also on Monday, Barbie® will celebrate her 50th birthday with a major pink-carpet celebrity birthday bash at a REAL Barbie® Malibu Dream House® – a 3,500 square foot house in Malibu decorated by famed “Happy Chic” interior designer Jonathan Adler. With features such as skirted, corseted, lace-up “dress” chairs, a chandelier made of Barbie® hair, a closet filled with thousands of shoes, a sunburst mirror made from 65 Barbie® dolls, and a garage that includes a real Barbie® Volkswagen New Beetle car (all pink with a motorized, pop up vanity in the trunk), the house brings to life all the fantasy and fashion of Barbie® in a real modern day Dream House®.

Barbie® doll’s Malibu Dream House® will play host to several events, most notably, first kicked off with an outrageously pink Barbie® birthday party designed by event-planner-to-the-stars Colin Cowie. Additionally, the house features a Barbie® museum which displays the original 1959 doll and several of the most famous dolls from throughout the years, various Barbie®-size Dream Houses® from throughout the decades and several noteworthy pieces of Barbie® art.

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