An American icon turns 50: Happy Birthday, Barbie

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By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News

EUGENE, Ore - She's an American icon many little girls grew up loving. But for one local woman, her huge fascination with the doll Barbie has followed her into adulthood.

Barbie debuted back in 1959 and the Mattel company has sold more than a billion dolls worldwide.

"Usually when I'm trying to count them I will lose count, so I just look at them and go around the room and just use the clicker as I look at each one of them. And that's how I got my final click count," said Alexis Screene.

A count that totals nearly 400 Barbies in her room. She said she has always loved the doll but admits her collection has completely taken over her space.

After getting her first collector item from her aunt, she hasn't opened up a box since. And that was 13 years ago. Now her room is full of Barbie and friends.

"It is easy to watch how she has changed and there are just so many types of Barbie," said Screene.

And to help her keep track of the collection she separated them in to sections based on their category.

"Over here I have the Barbie that was pregnant that they later took off the shelves," said Screene.

She said the international Barbies are her favorite, many of which were given to her by people traveling the world. They have all been an inspiration to her and she hopes to one day pass that along.

"I've always just thought I will just keep collecting them and then give them to a museum or something," said Screene.

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