Barbie dolls with vitiligo, without hair, created to broaden diversity

Barbie dolls with vitiligo, without hair, created to broaden diversity

- Six new unique dolls were added to the Barbie dolls fashionista line to broaden its range

- Among the new dolls are one with no hair and one with vitiligo

- The company said it the doll without hair was for girls experiencing hair loss

- Other dolls introduced in 2019 Fashionistas line offered a variety of appearances

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Barbie doll maker, Mattel, has released six new unique dolls in an effort to be much more diverse than it ever was before. The new range includes a doll with no hair and one with vitiligo.

The company said that the brand wants to showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion through new additions to its Fashionistas line.

According to a statement released by Mattel, a prototype of the vitiligo toy, which debuted on the Barbie Instagram page in 2019, became its most-liked post ever.

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New Barbie dolls with vitiligo, hairless added to broaden diversity

The company said that the brand wants to showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion, Photo: Barbie
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While commenting on the Barbie with no hair, the company said it was for girls who were experiencing hair loss for whatever reason, Briefly.co.za gathered.

"She can see herself reflected in the line," Mattel said.

The new additions come months after a doll with a prosthetic leg and another with a wheelchair joined the Fashionistas range.

Other dolls in the 2019 Fashionistas line offered a variety of appearances, including braided hair texture and more realistic body types

The body types ranged from smaller bust, less defined waist to more defined arms.

The company also incorporated more diversity in its Barbie range by offering dolls with different skin shades, eye colours, hairstyles and clothing.

In 2017, the company introduced the first Barbie to wear a hijab.

The Barbie Fashionistas line, which started in 2015, now has more than 170 diverse dolls in its range.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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