Through the years we have witnessed many different incarnations of the Barbie doll, but now the hard work of those pushing for the production of a Barbie doll unlike any we’ve seen in the past has finally paid off. Mattel has agreed to manufacture a hairless Barbie for young girls dealing with hair loss from cancer treatments, Alopecia, and Trichotillomania. A Facebook page called “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made” caught the attention of the Barbie making company and the rest will soon be history.
A recent report from CBS News discusses the plans for the new bald Barbie which will come with wigs, scarves, hats and all the other accessories little girls love to style their dolls with.
But before you rush out to your local toy store, the company says they are not for sale. Instead, the dolls will be donated to children’s hospitals and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Co-founder of the Facebook page that started all the buzz about bald Barbie, Jane Bingham, explains why she thinks this doll will help kids dealing with hair loss. Bingham says, “We want girls to know they're not dependent on their hair for their self-worth and their beauty. Women and children, it's looked down upon that you would go out without your hair. People would automatically assume that you're sick and you should stay at home in bed. We wanted to change this stigma especially for girls because they don't have many people to look up to.”
What do you think of plans for the new bald Barbie?
Do you think this doll will help young girls going through the process of losing their hair?
*Photo courtesy of Facebook page “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made"*
I think this is a great idea!
Aw, that's very nice of Mattel, I love it!
that is a great thing so kinds with hair loss dont feel left out
I think this is a great idea. I think every little girl is beautiful no matter if they have hair or not. This was something that needed to be done for girls dealing with hair loss due to different ailments. I just wish we as the public could purchase them and have the proceeds go to Cancer Treatment or a Children's Hospital.
It never ceases to amaze me the ideas that people come up with. I'm so grateful for all God has done for us.
I agree it's a wonderful idea, but would like to be able to purchase one. Looks like they would allow the Barbie in stores and have all or part of the sell of the doll to go toward cancer treatments or other charity.
I think it is about time that that we stop fantasizng about Barbie and let them see it for what its worth
I applaud Mattel for finally getting real and addressing the needs of people with hair loss, especially little girls! It's about time that Mattel got "real"!!!
Great idea all around!!
I wish we could purchase them with part of the sale price going to the foundations mentioned.
I think this is a great thing!
Wow. Good for them. I now might consider keeping the Barbie dolls that my daughters have been given.
This is so great..Im glad that they finally realized that these barbies would mean so much to little girls who lost all their hair ..so excited for them!!!
This brings happy tears to my eyes. A beautiful Barbie - great job Mattell, it is about time!
What a great idea! Girls of all ages (even women) will enjoy another way to be recognized as bald is beautiful!