Ads That Empower Women Don’t Just Break Stereotypes—They’re Also Effective

So why are we just starting to see them now?

I 'll make believe that I am you," the girl says to the doll. With those seven words, Mattel introduced the world to Barbie, America's first fashion doll. The original commercial, which aired in 1959 (and of course is up on YouTube), shows Barbie in various outfits, from ball gowns to bathing suits. But then, as the music crescendos, we hear those seven words against a lasting image: Barbie in a wedding dress.