Barbie’s are the most sought after toys by girl children. Its tall and unique features has created the barbies, an epitome of beauty among kids.
But now the makers of the iconic toy have released four diverse new dolls, including figurines with vitiligo, a skin condition and with no hair, to “better reflect the world” through body-positive representation in today’s increasingly diverse society.
Parent company Mattel recently unveiled its 2020 Fashionistas line, featuring Barbie dolls with vitiligo and no hair, as well as a doll with dark skin and a golden prosthetic leg, and a Ken doll with long, flowing hair.
They have previously introduced dolls with nine unique body types, 35 skin tones and 94 different hairstyles to normalize diversity among kids, as acceptance has to be taught from home.
It is said that the designers worked with the dermatologists to ensure vitiligo was accurately represented while the hairless doll aims to inspire women and girls “experiencing hair loss for any reason.”
The golden-limbed doll is also the latest addition to Barbie’s lineup of dolls with permanent disabilities. The dolls were created in a collaboration with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves of the Born Just Right nonprofit, which works to develop creative solutions to help kids born with differences live a more enjoyable life.
The barbies 2020 reflects the normalization of differences to make the society beautiful.