Mattel Announces Plans to Make Bald Barbie

In response to a Facebook campaign that garnered more than 150,000 supporters, the toymaker Mattel has announced it will make a bald doll as part of the Barbie franchise to offer support for children who are either going through cancer treatment or living with a condition that causes them to lose their hair.

On its Facebook page, Mattel announced that the 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.

The group that petitioned Mattel also is collecting signatures to urge toymaker Hasbro to create a bald GI Joe doll.

Image: Mattel logo, via http://logos.wikia.com/

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  1. by The Mamas Link Round-Up « Those Young Moms

    On April 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

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    On April 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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  3. by Karyn Climans

    On April 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    How about Barbies in different shapes and sizes as well?

  4. by linda

    On April 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I’m happy that there finally doing this for kids with these issues. That should definitely help there self esteem

  5. by RB

    On April 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Kudos to Mattel but why only distribute to hospitals? Why not sell them in select stores and donate the profits to cancer research or to help families pay for medical care? Not only would it benefit thesechildren but other girls who might play with them would learn about cancer and not to make fun of other children who don’t have hair. Just a thought…

  6. by Rachel

    On April 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    This is such good news! Thank you Mattell & all those who had anything to do with moving this forward! CKs have enough things to deal with & having a Barbie just like them, I know will make an amazing impact!

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  8. by Kristy

    On April 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Being a cancer survivor, cancer treatment is not a time in your life that you want to remember. I don’t fully support this, but I hope that I am wrong and it will help the little girls. I am glad that Mattel is only giving them to little girls that need them. This should NOT be brought into the public. I believe it would scare little girls that never have to go through that.