Barbie Introduces New Dolls With Wheelchairs And Prosthetic Limbs
Toymaker Mattel has now introduced a new and inclusive range of their icon Barbie doll -- which now comes in a wheelchair and has a prosthetic leg.
Mattel, which makes the popular doll, introduced the newest member of its Barbie Fashionista line-up, which features dolls with disabilities as well as different skin tones, hair textures and body types.
Mattel made waves in 2016 when it first released a new Barbie line-up in four sizes -- original, plus tall, curvy and petite.
In 2015, the company featured a boy in a commercial promoting "Moschino Barbie," an idea spearheaded by American fashion designer Jeremy Scott to show that boys can also play with Barbie.
For the new Barbie, the designers worked with wheelchair experts and the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. The company also worked with 12-year-old Jordan Reeves and her doctor to create a doll with a removable prosthetic limb.
Reeves started a Change.org petition nearly three years ago to get American Girl to make dolls with limb differences.
The decision has already been warmly welcomed online.
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In a statement about the latest version of the toy, Kim Culmone, global head of design for Barbie, said: "As we design Barbie for the next generation, we are focused on evolving to remain the most diverse doll line in the marketplace".
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