In January we told you about a Facebook campaign that was asking Mattel, the makers of Barbie, to create a bald Barbie doll, for children that were suffering from hair loss.
Bald Barbie Pictures
On the Facebook campaign page they stated this;
“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. 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.”
A petition was also started asking the same thing.
The inspiration for the Bald Barbie campaign page came from a four year old, Genesis Reye, Genesis had lost her hair after a battle with cancer and told her parents that she did not feel like a princess anymore.
Friends of the family decided to launch their campaign to get Mattel to make the Barbie and Mattel listened.
The bald doll will be labeled as Barbie’s friend.
Though not everyone can get one, the Bald and Beautiful Barbie Dolls will be distributed to hospitals and centers in the U.S. and in Canada, for children being treated for cancer or other diseases that cause them to lose their hair,
Mattel Company spokesman Alan Hilowitz said in a statement today “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,”
They will also have the dolls come with hats, scarves, and other accessories like wigs that can be changed.
The company also said earlier it receives hundreds of requests for different Barbies and is always exploring new options.
Mattel does not want to profit off of the doll and that is why they are not selling them.
On the Beautiul and Bald Barbie page, everyone is thrilled at the fact that Mattel listened and is doing this.
Though many are hoping that Mattel will change their mind and sell some of the dolls as well.
They can donate the proceeds to cancer centers, and hospitals or to parents who are having problems paying for treatments for their children suffering from these diseases.
Other companies have said that thy will be selling bald dolls as well, Moxie Girls and Bratz will have the bald versions of them out as well soon.
One step at a time, and this first big step is one in the right direction.
Kudos to Mattel for listening to their public and giving them what they ask for.
For children who are going through chemo and other treatments, to have a doll that they can comfort them and that looks like them, that is a huge thing.
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