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    Carol Spencer, a 90-year-old fine arts scholar, answered a newspaper advertisement and became Barbie’s fashion designer or personal stylist in 1963. She held this position for an impressive 36 years until 1999. Spencer’s journey with Barbie began when she fell in love with the doll and it became her passion. Throughout her illustrious career spanning over three decades, Spencer remained dedicated to keeping Barbie in tune with global fashion trends. In 1998, Spencer retired from Mattel, and the company honored her 35th anniversary as a designer by creating a Carol Spencer Barbie doll. In 2017, Spencer received the prestigious Women in Toys Emeritus Award in recognition of her contributions.