I know that much has been written about her impossible dimensions, but I can't say that I was unduly influenced by these things. Because we had two Barbies and a Midge (the little sister), my sister and I were more concerned with creating dramas for our dolls and having them do the splits.
My own daughters had many more Barbie dolls, but often I would find them in parts. A stray leg here, a decapitated head there.
Probably, these little trolls were a greater influence on any blossoming fashion sense I had.
I never sent in any drawings, but the addition of the designer's name, age (mostly teenagers), and town made the most lucious outfits as near as one's drawing pad and imagination.
Luckily none of the comics I found had been cut up for their paper dolls.