In response to a Facebook campaign, Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made—a campaign which garnered more than 150,000 supporters—toymaker Mattel has announced that it will be making a bald Barbie doll to offer support for children who are either going through cancer treatment or living with a condition that causes them to lose their hair.
This won’t be the first hairless doll for Mattel. The company created a one-of-a-kind bald barbie for a four-year-old girl who lost her hair due to cancer last year. That was the doll that inspired Jane Bingham to create the Facebook group.
On her page, Jane writes:
“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 a long haired to a bald.
Unlike men, who having a bald head is trendy and a fashion statement, women and children are stared at and often teased when they go in public, expected to cover their bald heads. We want to stop the shame and stigma that children and women deal with having hair loss.”
Mattel announced that the new doll will be released next year directly to children’s hospitals, but not to the public:
“Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.”
We think it’s great that Mattel has finally agreed to create the Beautiful and Bald Barbie to help children and families suffering from hair loss due to illness! Still, we can’t help but ask: why not distribute the dolls publicly and donate profits to cancer, Alopecia and Trichotillomania research?
We’d buy one! Would you?