Bald Barbie Coming Soon

After a campaign by Jane Bingham, a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Philadelphia, Mattel has decided to make a bald Barbie doll.

Jane’s Facebook group, “Beautiful and Bald Barbie” was created to promote the idea of a doll for children with cancer who are experiencing medically inspired hair loss.

“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,” Bingham says. “Their beauty and their self-worth is not dependent upon their hair.”

Bingham and her group are most interested in Barbie because she is seen as an icon of beauty. As such, they believe that seeing her bald could help reduce the stigma attached to hair loss.

As a result of the Facebook campaign, Mattel has agreed to make bald Barbies  to donate to children of cancer wards and hospitals who are experiencing hair loss. According to the company, they’ve decided not to sell the dolls “at retail stores, but rather get the dolls directly into the hands of children who can most benefit from the unique play experience.”

While pleased with Mattel’s decision, Bingham is still fighting to get the dolls sold in stores as she believes that the general public could benefit from these dolls.

While Mattel has yet to agree to sell the bald dolls in stores, MGA Entertainment, another toymaker, has. They’ve said they will debut versions, this summer, of bald Bratz and Moxie Girlz dolls.

 What do you think of Mattel and MGA Entertainment’s plans for bald dolls? Do you think having the dolls can help to reduce the stigma associated with hair loss?

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

4 COMMENTS

  1. Bravo, Mattel… Yes I LOVE that they want to give the barbies free to the girls with cancer, but heres some points on that. How fast can they get there if only so many are made? who will be left out and waiting for distribution? What about the girs, not with cancer but with alopecia or other hair loss reasons that would love to have this Barbie. So, I say Mattel, do both. Distribute freely and offer on maybe a special retail outlet like Amazon or thru Make a Wish foundation to help raise money for the cure.

    BTW…bravo Bratz and Moxie Girlz also. Thanks to the toymakers for listening!!!!

  2. I have alopecia and so I love the message this barbie sends to kids, especially girls that beauty is not always a physical attribute.

    I hope they decide to sell these in stores, or even online. I would love to buy one for my daughter.

  3. As a 24 year old two time cancer survivor I think ‘this is a great idea! I think they should consider selling her in stores and donating some of the profits to cancer organizations. Giving them to children hospitals is great but if they are trying to change a public stigma shouldn’t they get them into the public?

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