Barbie Teams Up With National Geographic For Some Cool New Jobs

It looks like 2019 is shaping up to be a year of travel and adventure for Barbie.

The iconic doll turns 60 this year (her birthday is March 9!) and she’s expanding her horizons with more travel-themed outfits and accessories, as well as a brand new partnership with National Geographic.

Barbie has a travel helicopter currently available now that she can use for jet setting adventures. And of course a lady of her stature enjoys a private jet, so the Barbie Dream Travel Plane will be released in fall 2019.

But that’s not all — later this year, several career dolls will be released in collaboration with National Geographic. The collab will include dolls and playsets highlighting occupations in which women are underrepresented. The line will include a wildlife conservationist, astrophysicist, polar marine biologist, wildlife photojournalists, and an entomologist. Here are a couple of the dolls below:


All of the dolls and playsets will come with relevant accessories that are needed to do field work. An advisory council made up of female National Geographic explorers, as well as National Geographic magazine editor in chief Susan Goldberg, authenticated all of Barbie’s accessories.

“Helping people understand the world is, and always has been, the core purpose of National Geographic,” Goldberg said in a press release. “Through our partnership with Barbie, we are excited to reach kids in a new way, using the power of play to inspire our next generation of explorers, scientists, and photographers.”

The Barbie and National Geographic collaboration will be available at retailers nationwide starting in fall 2019. The dolls and accompanying career playsets are priced between $14.99 to $29.99.

Barbie’s Many Careers

Barbie first debuted at a toy fair 1959. During the past 60 years, she’s enjoyed more than 200 careers, including presidential candidate, pilot, doctor, and astronaut.

In 2014, Barbie also became a social media influencer, garnering more than 1.9 million followers on her @barbiestyle Instagram account:

You can follow along with her travels on Instagram. According to her account, she’s been (of course!) globe-trotting, posing in front of the Eiffel Tower, strutting in Milan, and snapping photos at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. Now that she’s adding wildlife conservationist and polar marine biologist to her resume, perhaps we’ll see her traveling to some more remote locales.

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