What is known about Bild Lilli doll for adults, which became a prototype for BarbieBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/what-is-known-about-bild-lilli-doll-for-adults-which-became-a-prototype-for-barbie
Few people know, but the first miniature doll, imitating an adult, was not Barbie, but a Bild Lilli. This charming blonde "appeared" quite by accident, but very quickly won the love of both young and adult audience.
To see the history and several photos of the prototype of the modern Barbie you can below.
In the 1950s the editors of the German tabloid Bild in the layout of the first it was noticed that the newspaper remained the free place and decided to post it on the comic. At that time the whole world went crazy on Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe, so cartoonist Reinhard Beuthin (Reinhardt Beuthin) decided that the heroine of the comic book should be like these sex symbols.
So there was a witty, charming girl with blond hair, which the editors called Bild Lilli.
Lilly was positioned as a real Heartbreaker. On the comic book style pin-up you can see how the Busty girl seduces men and takes them for gifts.
Over time, the comic became so popular that it went on sale in the doll, created in the image of Lilly. They were intended only for an adult audience. Buy Lilly can be had in the souvenir shops and tobacco shops.
It was one of those shops unusual doll was noticed by American Ruth Handler working fine clerk at Paramount Pictures. The woman liked the idea of creating toys in the form of an adult, because then the kids mostly played the sexless dolls that they are tired.
Then Ruth along with her husband founded a small firm and Mattel bought the rights to the creation of Lilly. Surprisingly, the first time all of the providers refused the doll, believing that it will not be in demand. Lilly had a rather unnatural facial features, heavy makeup with bold hands and red lips and looked 30 years. It is unlikely that such a toy could interest kids...
But they are wrong. The children were delighted with appeared on the market doll. They enjoyed playing it "in adult life": picking outfits, hairstyles, "sent" doll to work, and fulfilled her other duties because she, unlike pups-babies were capable of it.
A year later the producers decided to change the appearance of Lilly, making her more sensitive. Facial features are rounded, his eyebrows became lighter amount of makeup on my face have noticeably diminished.
Further, year by year, Lilly started to happen the new changes. Some look so iconic doll at different times:
As you can see, at the end of the 60s she began to acquire the features of a modern Barbie. However, the first versions of Lilly was a feature — unlike dolls that were popular in our childhood, she was able to sit down, not pushing with the feet.
Here are some more pictures of the legendary Lilli Bild.
It should be noted that as soon as Lilly appeared on the market, it cost about like a vacuum cleaner or other household appliances.
Now these dolls are preserved except among collectors, and we can assume that they are even more expensive.
However, the current Barbie is not inferior to its predecessor in beauty. On the contrary, each year there are new unique dolls, which are hunted not only children but also adults.
However, not all Barbie find the hearts of buyers. For example, this doll's lush buttocks greatly angered parents because, in their opinion, such a toy in the future may force children to go under the surgeon's knife.