Mattel has produced thousands of different Barbie dolls over the past six decades, including these bizarre ones based on real people.
Farrah Fawcett (2011)
Not just a doll of the Charlie’s Angels star, it’s a doll that re-creates exactly Fawcett’s iconic 1970s swimsuit poster. The doll is posed with one knee up and includes the poster’s backdrop, too.
Elizabeth Taylor (2010)
Taylor personally approved the doll’s uncanny likeness, as well as its violet-colored eyes, red ribbon for AIDS awareness…and inclusion of a bottle of Taylor’s White Diamonds perfume.
Cyndi Lauper (2011)
Another re-creation, this doll version of the quirky ‘80s pop star is designed and posed to resemble Lauper’s hit 1984 album She’s So Unusual, with red hair flailing around and big red dress.
Remember when Cher caused a mild controversy with her 1989 music video, “If I Could Turn Back Time”? She filmed it on a Navy ship to an audience of very appreciative sailors…which had something to do with the fact that she wore a sheer bodystocking, a leather jacket, and little else. This doll is Cher in that outfit, which was designed by Bob Mackie.
Joan Jett (2009)
Jett seems a little too punk rock to allow a Barbie doll to made in her likeness, but this doll really happened. It depicts Jett in her “I Love Rock and Roll” heyday, although no real punk rocker would be caught wearing a T-shirt advertising their own band, as the doll’s “Joan Jett and the Blackhearts” shirt does.
Tippi Hedren (2008)
The doll isn’t called “Tippi Hedren”—it’s actually called “Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds Doll.” Reportedly, Hitchcock traumatized Hedren almost as much as evil birds traumatized Hedren’s character in the classic thriller. The doll features Hedren in a green suit, getting attacked (forever) by three ravenous black birds.