Victory! After months of hard work, Mattel, Inc. has finally announced that they will be creating a doll for children who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania.
Mattel reports that this will be "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." They will be working with the Children’s Hospital Association to donate and distribute the dolls to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Many thanks to the nearly 35,000 of you who came together here to ask Mattel to create a doll that will be an incredible coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves or a loved one.
We are formally asking Mattel to create and sell a Beautiful and Bald Barbie, with head accessories such as wigs, head wraps, scarves or hats.
Young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania often feel that the loss of their hair makes them less beautiful and less like a princess. Similarly, many young girls whose mothers, sisters, aunts, etc. are loosing their hair due to illness or treatment also have trouble coping with the change. A bald Barbie would show these little girls that she can be both bald AND beautiful.
Mattel, Inc. is the largest toy company in the world. They have the unique opportunity to create a doll that would be a great coping mechanism for young girls dealing with hair loss themselves or a loved one. Young girls have played with Barbies for decades and now Mattel has the chance to send out a message that all little girls are princesses. Hair or no hair.
Mattel has already demonstrated its commitment to making little girls feel beautiful by making a personalized bald barbies for two little girls, Genesis and Sadie who were both battling cancer. Genesis sais that she no longer felt like a princess when she lost her hair. The Barbie Mattel made for her, helped her realize that even without her hair, she was still a princess.
I am mother with cancer who has lost her hair to chemotherapy. I am a woman who has an 11 year old neighbor who has been completely bald from Alopecia since the age of 2. I am a friend who has a number of friends that have children with cancer. I want to see positive Change.
125,000+ people have already "liked" my Facebook page calling on Mattel to make a Beautiful and Bald Barbie. I, and everyone else running that page, want to spread the message that you don't need hair to be beautiful. Please help us do that Mattel.