Poll: Should Mattel Mass Produce Bald Barbie Dolls?

A Facebook group dedicated to the creation of a “Beautiful and Bald Barbie” is campaigning for Mattel to mass produce hair-less Barbie dolls as  “a great coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves for a loved one,” whether from cancer or other autoimmune disorders.  Scarves and hats would be ideal accessories for the Bald Barbie.

Both DigitalJournal.com and the Huffington Post reported on the growing campaign, which has over 48,000 “likes,”  and a petition at Change.org has 1,478 signatures (just 122 votes away from its goal of 1,500).

In 2011, CBS New York reported that Mattel made a unique bald Barbie doll for 4-year-old Genesis Reyes, who sufferend hair loss from chemotherapy. Another Facebook group campaigning for a “Bald and Brave G.I. Joe” action figure currently has over 2,000 “likes.”

As a parent, do you think having a bald Barbie will be beneficial for young girls who have a difficult time understanding and accepting hair loss? Take our poll below.

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  1. by Keeley

    On January 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    Yes bald and beautiful Barbie should be made. A Congenital Heart Defect Survivor Barbie should be made also.

  2. by June

    On January 21, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Why should girls suffering hair-loss want a bald doll? Do young female amputees cry out for a limbless dolly? THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSTANTLY REMINDED OF THEIR MISFORTUNE. Kids know that baldness in children is abnormal, however cute you dress it up. Children prefer not to be treated as playthings to suit the purposes of politically correct parents and adults.

    “The girls are traumatised and say the thought of going bald is worse than the illness.” And to equate a lifestyle choice of shaving off one’s hair with finding clumps of it on your pillow is stupidity beyond belief. Baldness through illness is not beautiful… it’s DESPAIR.

  3. by new york giants

    On February 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

    This can depart an intense hang on your company name brand. Essentially burning up your brand name on their memory is actually any marketing goal.

  4. by Jocelyn Corbin

    On October 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Yes absolutely! Barbie has always been designed as beautiful with no flaws and no obesity. Girls of any age should be able to connect with the world in their own beautiful way and if that means giving them the idea that they are beautiful with or without disabilities and defects then let them feel beautiful!!