FOR little girls who like anything pink and glittery, it was a dream come true: the chance to meet a living, breathing Barbie doll.

They queued patiently at Beales toy department in Bournemouth to have their picture taken with their idol, collect her autograph and receive a goodie bag.

Some of the children were too shy to speak to Barbie, who was immaculately turned out with blonde hair, long eyelashes, pink satin dress, diamante tiara and necklace, and dainty silver shoes.

Many came dressed in pink frills, a few clutching their own beloved Barbie dolls.

Like Father Christmas, Barbie has to stay in character during her public appearances around the country, so when asked how old she is, she says 51.

And that youthful complexion?

“Magic face cream,” she reveals.

Barbie’s best friend Laura Tindle said the tour had been going on since the doll’s 50th birthday.

“You get everything.

“The best are the little girls who, as soon as they see her come through the door, scream ‘Barbie’ and run towards her with their arms out for a hug.”