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Barbie’s Bald Friend

posted by Nell Minow

Mattel has announced that they will make a bald fashion doll, a “friend of Barbie,” to give to children with cancer and illnesses that cause hair loss, following a Facebook campaign co-founded by the mother of a girl who became bald following cancer treatment.  The doll will not be sold; Mattel will distribute the doll in children’s hospitals and other treatment centers.  She will come with wigs, hats, and scarves “to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience.”  This is a wonderful idea; I know girls will be comforted to have a doll who shares their experience.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Diane

    I am grandmother of 9 girls under twelve and after a family pet ate hands and feet of a doll I tried to explain that she was an amputee. would love to see this in a barbie, along with attachements so kids would understand that it is a reality out there and the bald doll representing cancer should be sold also thankyou

    • Nell Minow

      Thanks, Diane. I like the idea of making kids comfortable with disabilities and illness.

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