Recently a campaign lobbying to get a bald Barbie doll for children who suffer from Cancer, Alopecia or Trichotillomania as well as children who have a mother or family member going through these types of treatments has gained tremendous success due to social media. Immediately a rapid response of individuals interested in making this happen, took affect and a few months later bald barbie is set to be made!!
Today Mattel released this statement on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mattel?sk=wall Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, 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. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Through a thoughtful approach, we made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores, but rather get the dolls directly into the hands of children who can most benefit from the unique play experience, demonstrating Mattel’s ongoing commitment to encourage play as a respite for children in the hospital and to bring joy to children who need it most. We appreciate the conversation around this issue, and are interested to hear what you think!The new dolls are said to have accessories such as wigs, bandanas, scarves and hats will be included with the Barbie doll. It is too bad these dolls will not be on store-shelves any time soon, but it is a step in the right direction! Way to go Mattel!
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