Having been around for 60 years, it comes as no surprise that probably the most talked about toy in the world, has generated her own amount of good and bad publicity.
You guessed it - no Woman's Month could be considered complete without Barbie featuring somewhere.
Although being on the must-have list of little girls for more than half a century since she was conceived by co-founder of the Mattel toy company Ruth Handler in 1959, Barbie, apart from being ridiculously thin for most her life, has more than a few skeletons in her closet.
Handler, in 1977 told the New York Times that she invented Barbie because "every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future". This, despite Barbie over the years being depicted in every career imaginable, seems to have backfired a bit.
Traditional Barbie seemed to have given many girls, instead of healthy aspirations, a complex about themselves. In her most well-known shape, Barbie represents one in 100 000 real-life women.
Her waist size is 20cm smaller than that of an anorexia sufferer, which in fact means she has 17% too little body fat to menstruate.
In 1963, Barbie was issued with a book entitled, How to Lose Weight, offering instructions not to eat. It was later determined that if a real woman had Barbie's proportions, she would have only half a liver, a tiny intestine and since her super thin legs would not be able to support her weight, she would likely tip over.
Barbie's proportions have been defended by Mattel's designers as merely practical, since her body "was never designed to be realistic. She was designed for girls to easily dress and undress". Does this in essence mean that curves are tricky to clothe?
Research done over years has shown that young girls exposed to Barbie in early life, grew up having issues about their overall appearance and showed signs of lowered self-esteem. This seemingly started to impact sales in 2009. Things took a turn for the worst between 2012 and 2014, with sales plummeting by 20%. Experts argue that this shift had to do with children preferring electronic toys, while others felt it was due to parents labelling Barbie as being a bad influence.
But it seems like you can't keep a good blonde down. The top secret reinvention of Barbie was launched in 2016, offering Barbie in seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 24 new hairstyles including an afro, curly red hair and even long, blue hair.
From fast going downhill to becoming the skunk of the toy world, Barbie made a larger than life comeback, the news of the radical new range gracing the cover of TIME magazine.
This month, songstress and The Voice SA coach Lira became the first artist from Africa, still better, South Africa to become a Barbie. Marking the occasion of the iconic toy's 60th birthday, several Barbies have been modelled to embody powerful role models from across the globe.
Commenting on her one-of-a-kind Lira Barbie doll, Lira said that her favourite part of her doll was the hair, true to the songstress' image.
Love her or hate her, Barbie seems to continue her liberation. Or should I say Lira-ration? Viva, Barbie, viva!