Barbie dolls are known for their perfect bodies and gorgeous hair. But, a young girl in the U.S. who has lost her hair through chemo treatments is requesting a Barbie she can relate to—a bald Barbie.
Mattel, the toy company who makes and manufacturers Barbie complied. They made a new, bald Barbie with included accessories like wigs, hats, and head scarves. But, instead of selling it in retails stores they plan to donate it directly to hospitals.
Giulia Galeotti, a writer for L’Osservatore Romano, is publicly calling them out on the decision, and asking the toy maker to sell the Barbie and use the proceeds to donate to hospitals instead.
The girl’s mother has launched a Facebook page to further the request. The description on the page reads:
“We WILL see a Beautiful and Bald “friend of Barbie” made to help young girls who live with hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania. Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother’s hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent, or friend going from long-haired to bald.”
Mattel has introduced a variety of diverse Barbies over the years, including Becky. Becky is a friend of Barbie’s who could not fit through the front door of Barbie’s Dream House and had hair so long it would get caught in the wheels of her wheelchair.
But, Galeotti presses Mattel, “How many of us have ever really found these Barbies on shop shelves? Why is there no trace in the real world of this lineup of politically and educationally correct dolls?”
Time will tell to see if Mattel pressures to the public outcry and decides to distribute Bald Barbie in stores.