Teresa (Barbie)

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First appearance1988
Created byRuth Handler, Mattel
Voiced byKatie Crown in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse
OccupationFashion designer
RelativesDrew (cousin)

Teresa is a Mattel fashion doll who is marketed as one of Barbie's fictional friends. Teresa debuted in the "California Dream Teresa" doll in 1988 and since then, she has been Barbie's most frequently featured female companion in the toy line (next to Christie). As of 2006, Teresa has been one of Barbie's core friends in the Barbie brand along with Summer, Nikki and Raquelle.[citation needed]

In a trailer for the 2008 movie Barbie and the Diamond Castle, the narrator describes Teresa as Barbie's best friend.[1] In the film itself, Barbie states that Teresa is officially her "best friend and sidekick".[citation needed] In Life in the Dreamhouse Barbie states that all girls Teresa, Nikki, Summer, Midge, Raquelle & Grace are all her 'BFFs'.[citation needed]


To counteract the criticisms that Barbie was a sex symbol, Mattel was compelled to issue companions for Barbie.[2] Some of these are her boyfriend Ken, the African American Christie, Barbie's cousin Francie and Barbie's little sister Skipper. Midge appeared in 1963 and was marketed as Barbie's first best friend.[3] Midge was discontinued in 1967.

Over the years, Barbie's family tree expanded and soon Barbie would have many diverse and multicultural friends. Among these was Teresa, who was depicted as being Italian or Latina. She appeared in 1988 in the California Dream line alongside Barbie, Ken, Christie and Midge (who made her comeback in this line as well).[4] Christie has been Barbie's most featured friend at the time, being continuously in the playline since 1968. It wasn't till 2004 when Christie was discontinued (her last appearance was in the Really Rosy line) then Teresa would become Barbie's most frequent companion to date (aside from Ken).

Teresa has been seen in various Barbie-related media such as books, magazines, video games and movies such as Barbie & the Diamond Castle, Barbie and the Three Musketeers, Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale and Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.[5]

Teresa has also appeared on a toy telephone, voiced by Mary Kay Bergman.

Personality Traits[edit]

According to Barbie, Teresa is a brilliant cook and one of her favorite activities is to make muffins.[6] According to Teresa's B Friends profile she has made 3,120 cupcakes to date; she has also rescued 36 stray animals.[7]

Teresa also likes to spend her free time reading gossip magazines about celebrities. She enjoys shopping at flea markets. Teresa states that her likes are "baking cupcakes, good karma, vintage clothing stores, tall waves at the beach, tall boys at the beach!"


Year Title Role Voice
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Fairy Queen Kathleen Barr
2008 Barbie & the Diamond Castle Herself/Alexa Cassidy Ladden
2009 Barbie and the Three Musketeers Viveca Kira Tozer
2010 Barbie in A Mermaid Tale Hadley
2010 Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale Herself Maryke Hendrikse
2012–present Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse Herself Katie Crown
2016 Barbie: Spy Squad Herself Jenny Pellicer


  • First Teresa used the Spanish headmold in 1988, Steffie (marked 1971) mold also has used for her
  • Teresa original headmold used 1992-2006
  • Top Model Teresa used Lara/Drew's headmold 2007-2008
  • Playline Teresa used 2 Barbie's molds marked 2005/2006 (Open and closed mouth) and her 2nd headmold marked 2006 in hobbit body era.
  • Playline Teresa currently uses Summer's headmold (i.e. Fashionistas and "Style") 2009–Present
  • 2015 Barbie Style Glam Night have a new girl that shares traits with Teresa, she have a new mold, Named "Neysa", but collectors call this mold Teresa, Ana, Joyce or Jean. (This names aren't official names)

In some cases, Teresa uses Mackie headmold. (Along Barbie, and Christie uses Old Nichelle's headmold for a closed mouth group girls.)


Teresa lives in Malibu, California in "Casa de Teresa" in the fictional "Barbie World". She is a neighbor of both Barbie and Ryan, as "Casa de Teresa" is located at the left side of "The Barbie Dreamhouse" and the right side of "The Ryan Mansion".[8]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 Barbie & Teresa In The Diamond Castle Movie Trailer HQ". 5 March 2008. Starring Barbie and her best friend Teresa. Join Barbie and Teresa in their first best friends movie. Together they travel to save their new friend Melody.
  2. ^ Why Skipper and Midge were created
  3. ^ Pictures and information about Midge Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ service.mattel.com | Barbie's friends and family since 1980
  5. ^ Barbie and her Fabulous Friends sticker book
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3] 2012