Posted by Deborah Pujoue on April 27, 2012
A new type of Barbie doll is set to hit the scene early next year. Mattel, the makers of Barbie, has decided to give its famous Barbie doll a bald friend — and she’s sure to get a lot of attention. The doll is being designed specifically for children who are currently coping with hair loss due to illness. As for her accessories, bald Barbie will come equipped with wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories that can easily be removed and switched around.
While some people assumed that Mattel had created bald Barbie for cancer patients, the idea actually stemmed from a Facebook campaign that was launched in an effort to get the company to create a Barbie just for the kids who are coping with hair loss. For its part, Mattel is not planning on turning a profit on the dolls. Instead, the company will donate them to children’s hospitals and other medical centers.
“We made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores and profit from them, but rather more directly and immediately get these into the hands of children who can most benefit from a play experience with these dolls,” Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz said in an email to AFP Tuesday. “We have offered small quantities for our Mattel subsidiaries internationally to provide to charity partners in various other countries.”
The Facebook group that stated it all was called “Beautiful and Bald Barbie.” The page claimed that it wanted to help young girls who are struggling with hair loss for various medical reasons. The page’s mission statement said, “We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia or trichotillomania.”
Personally, I think the bald Barbie is an excellent idea that is long overdue. Beauty comes in all forms and it’s about time children’s toys reflected that. With Barbie being the favorite girl’s toy for decades, she may have taken a while to come along, but hey… better late than never!