Previously, we told you that Mattel was releasing a new barbie doll….
…Now, we've got some new details!
Barbie is not only changing up her look, but she's doing it for a damn good cause!
As we mentioned before Mattel has announced they are preparing to release a special edition of the classic doll exclusively for children who have cancer or who have lost their hair for medical reasons.
Here's what a spokesperson said:
"[Hairless friend of Barbie] will be distributed exclusively to children’s hospitals and other hospitals treating children with cancer throughout the U.S. and Canada, directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss."
The idea was first brought to attention by a Facebook campaign created by Jane Bingham, a survivor of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Philadelphia. She created a group with her friends called "Beautiful and Bald Barbie."
Here's what Bingham said:
"One of the major reasons was to reduce the stigma for women and children who have hair loss — being not accepted to be able to go out in public without something covering their head, whether it be a wig or a scarf or that sort of thing. Their beauty and their self-worth is not dependent upon their hair."
Bingham is still fighting to get the dolls sold in stores so children who have relatives or friends going through hair loss can buy the special edition Barbie to show support for their loved ones.
Such a truly inspiring story!
[Image via BeautifulandBaldBarbie.]
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