A lil’ positivity…
After a Facebook campaign calling for a bald version of Barbie for children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment, Mattel has announced that it will create a bald fashion doll that the company is calling the “bald friend of Barbie.”
“These dolls, which will be a friend of Barbie, will be distributed exclusively to children’s hospitals and other hospitals treating children with cancer throughout the U.S. and Canada, directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss,” said Mattel Company spokesman Alan Hilowitz in a statement.
The announcement comes after a Facebook movement urging Mattel to produce a bald version of its famously blonde Barbie doll earlier this year. To date, the page has had more than 150,000 “likes.”
The bald doll would include “hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed.”
The doll “would be distributed exclusively to children’s hospitals and other hospitals treating children with cancer throughout the U.S. and Canada,” according to Mattel.
Beckie Sypin, a co-founder of the bald doll cause, told ABCNews.com in January that the hope is that a bald Barbie will help children with cancer and others who have lost their hair due to illness — such as alopecia and trichotillomania — cope with their conditions.
“We hope it gets the message out that being bald is beautiful and is no big deal. There’s no need to cover up,” she said at the time.
We love this! Her figure may not exist in nature, but Barbie’s status as a role model for young girls is undeniable. What do you think of the new Barbies?