Remember when your bad a** brother used to get your Barbie doll and cut off all its hair?? Well now there’s an online movement to have Mattel release a Barbie who’s intentionally hairless. The hope is that the doll could make girls who’ve suffered hair loss due to cancer treatments…
Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham were friends connected by cancer and hair loss. Sypin’s daughter, Kin Inich, had been diagnosed with leukemia in Jan. 2011 and subsequently lost her tresses. Bingham’s locks disappeared during her fight with lymphoma.
Though their experiences with cancer were different, both women realized that young kids fighting the disease or any disease that dealt with hair loss were missing a positive role model. The two women started the Facebook group, “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made,” in order to petition Mattel to make the famous doll an ambassador for this girl empowerment message.
“We are not demanding; we are not asking people to boycott,” Sypin explained to CBS News. “That wasn’t our goal at all. We’re just trying to raise awareness.”
Her figure may not exist in nature, but Barbie’s status as a role model for young girls is undeniable. Do you think Barbie should go bald to support this cause?