At least 14 different types of Barbie doll bodies exist, ranging from "The Vintage" to "The Model Muse" varieties. Variations focus on doll height and freedom of movement, how knee joints bend and whether arms are straight or bent.
The Barbie doll, inspired by a German doll called Bild Lilli, was introduced to the public by Mattel, Inc. in 1959 and is now collected by over 100,000 people. The doll's body has attracted controversy over the years, with some critics declaring that it gives girls an unrealistic ideal of how a woman's body should look. Barbie has undergone several transformations over the years that have changed the size and shape of her body.