Barbie has been an astronaut, a pilot and a doctor but in the 1960s, all she wanted to do was starve herself to lose weight.
The controversial 'Slumber Party Barbie' was released in 1965, and came with a set of pink scales permanently set to a tiny 110lbs (50kg) and a diet book entitled How to lose weightcontaining just one instruction: "Don't eat!"
The doll, which also came with pink silk pyjamas, high heel slippers, pink hair curlers and a mirror, has resurfaced after 47 years thanks to a British collector who has posted one for sale on auction website eBay at a price of $59.
The toy — which is outrageous by modern standards — obviously caused a stir at the time too. In 1966 the doll was re-released without the scales, but still toting the diet book with its starvation message.
Today, bedtime Barbie has been stripped of all reference to dieting to reflect our body image-conscious society. Barbie Pyjama Doll, the current edition of the slumber party toy, comes with a lamp for reading, a telephone, an eye mask, face cleanser, a soft toy and a mug of hot chocolate.