Mattel, Inc. Please Make a Beautiful and Bald Barbie
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Mattel, Inc. Please Make a Beautiful and Bald Barbie

    1. Petition by

      Jane Bingham

      Sewell, NJ

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March 2012

Victory

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.  

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 30,000 signatures
    2. ‘Bald Barbie' Facebook Campaign For Cancer Victims Puts Pressure On Toy Mak

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Inspired by a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll created for a four-year-old cancer sufferer, campaigners are calling for a 'Beautiful and Bald Barbie' to be produced on a commercial scale.

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. Could Cancer Cure Barbie? Mattel vs. Beautiful and Bald Barbie

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Barbie is just shy of 53 years old. She’s survived the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, both wars with Iraq and has managed to outlast 10 U.S. Presidents. But she might have just met her match with two cancer survivors.

    5. 4-Year-Old Battling Cancer Receives One-Of-A-Kind Barbie

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      She loves tea parties and playing princess. But, when 4-year-old Genesis Reyes underwent chemotherapy to battle her cancer, her hair fell out. The normally jubilant child started to feel a little sad.

    6. Facebook Page: Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Check out the Facebook page which has already gotten 125,000+ "likes"!

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    • Renee Rodkey WEST CHESTER, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      After losing my precious 12year old to a brain tumor, I am just wondering what to do with over 75 Barbies of hers. Just does not seem right to give her favorite thing away. Missing you Abbey!! love mommy

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    • Brittany Howard CHESAPEAKE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an amazing idea, and I agree 100%! I also agree with David Poe, about donating a portion of the proceeds going to research. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something! Imagine where we would be if everyone just cared even 5% more than they do now.

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    • Kitty Barker MELBOURNE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      What a wonderful way of helping a young girl cope with the loss of her hair. As women, we feel that our identity is in our hair. To lose it is a horrible feeling. This just might help with that.

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    • Debbie Cohen EAST WINDSOR, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Many friends have had their children experience their mother's losing their hair due to Chemo! Plus Barbie has to look just like you as a child to relate!

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    • Toni Davis LEOMINSTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Barbie has sported tattoos which is a beautiful representation of who she is, so why not have her also be proud to be beautiful and bald. Everyone is beautiful and Barbie should always represent that.

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