Informative Speech about Barbie Dolls Essay

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Kaitlyn Wyman
Informative Speech Outline

Objective: I will give an informative speech about the history of Mattell’s Barbie Doll. I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter:
a. Girls, this is a question for you. How many of you have had Barbie dolls growing up? (Have time to answer)
b. Well, believe it or not, our beloved Barbie dolls have a whole lot of history behind them.
B. Tie to the audience:
a. I think we, as girls, can all vouch that Barbie dolls were all the rage and so much fun when we were younger, and even when our grandmother and mothers were younger. They still are to this day!
b. Barbie dolls have seriously been one of the most important parts of the toy industry for over fifty years.

C. Preview:
a. In my
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The birth of Barbie
a. Barbara, Ruth and Elliot’s daughter, loved to play with paper dolls
b. Ruth wanted to introduce a three dimensional doll with adult body that you could dress up with fabric clothing
c. Elliot and Harold thought it wouldn’t be a good idea at first because of the voluptuous figure that the doll had.
i. Were afraid parents wouldn’t buy them
d. While on a trip to Germany, Ruth bought the German doll Billi Lilli, which was what she wanted in a doll
e. Ruth reworked the design of the doll and renamed her Barbie after her daughter Barbara
B. The Launch of Barbie
a. Barbie debuted in New York at a toy fair, but surprisingly wasn’t an immediate success.
b. Mattell then got with Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club children’s television show
i. Started showing commercials to advertise Barbie ii. Barbie then was a success and rocketed Mattell and the Handlers to fame and fortune
c. Added more dolls to Mattell to sell along with Barbie
i. Ken, Barbie’s boyfriend, named after the Handlers’ son and many other friends and family to Barbie’s world
C. More of Barbie’s Friends
a. Once Barbie took off and became a success, some more friends were contributed to her. i. Skipper (younger sister) ii. Kelly (baby sister) iii. Tutti and Todd (twin sister and
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