Barbie Breaks Boundaries With Disabled Dolls
The time has changed and the way we perceive “dolls” are now different, in which we want those that empower our daughters and sons instead of just nice looking ones. To feel that imperfection is indeed perfection, that you don’t have to look a certain way to be labeled “pretty”.
Fortunately, set to debut in the fall, a new diverse line of Barbie dolls will join the ‘Fashionistas’ collection – a range that includes characters of different shapes, sizes, and races. Thank you Mattel for finally empowering us with a Barbie for everyone.
There’s curvy Barbie with the Afro hairdo…
And most importantly, the launch of new disabled dolls — one which has a prosthetic leg while the other in a wheelchair!
Mattel’s vice president Kim Culmone told Teen Vogue, ”We’re going to be introducing a doll in a wheelchair and a doll representing physical disabilities. She has a prosthetic limb.”
However, this isn’t the first disabled doll Mattel has released, as the company previously distributed a line of disabled dolls in the form of Becky the Paralympic champion, which debuted in the 1990s.
The little girl inside all of us are so stoked! You can only imagine little girls out there who are feeling inspired with these new dolls. Seriously, everyone on the internet even commended Mattel on their move to make inclusive for everyone!
— Jennifer McCarthy (@Jenn_McC) February 11, 2019
— Sara (@IAmSara13) February 12, 2019
— Gemma Louise Anderson (@LittleGem1992) February 13, 2019
Mattel is releasing #Barbie dolls with #disabilities – using wheelchairs, utilizing prosthetic limbs.
Good, their dolls should reflect the full spectrum of people in the real world.#diversity #inclusion #dolls https://t.co/rkdYB3ve3m
— Veronica Escobar (@EscobarLawNY) February 12, 2019