Growin’ Pretty Hair Barbie arrived on the market in 1971 and was only available two years. She came in two blonde versions. Both had real eyelashes and a retractable pony tail, but with different hairstyles. The 1971 version parted her hair on the side. The 1972 version pulled her hair back in the front.
The 1972 doll wore a trendy peasant style long red print dress with a blue bodice that included a white shoe lace style tie. She had matching blue shoes.
The 1972 doll is a much harder Barbie to acquire. In the first three months of this year, eBay has had only two of these dolls for sale, and of course both sold! She is extremely hard to find mint in the box.
I think the 1971 version of Growin’ Pretty Hair Barbie is the prettier of the two, but the 1972 Barbie takes me back to the time period when I wore a very similar type of her peasant style dress. And it seems like only yesterday!
For a little more nostalgia, check out the link below to see the commercial that was aired when she debuted. I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s so much fun to watch!