On Facebook, a revolution has started. There is this huge campaign to try to get Mattel, the world’s largest toy company, to mass produce a bald and beautiful Barbie doll. Since she first appeared in early 1959, Barbie has sported every kind of hairstyle there is, from long, flowing tresses to a 60’s flip to even bobs and highlights as well. But what she has never been, until just recently when Mattel created a one-of-a-kind doll for a 4-year old cancer patient Genesis Reyes – who no longer felt like a princess without her hair – is bald.
That is nice and everything, but what about the other little girls who have cancer and are losing their hair? What about the little girls who are watching their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, etc, lose their hair due to cancer treatments, alopecia, or even trichotillomania? Don’t they deserve to feel as special and as loved as Genesis?
Quite a few people have already called Mattel and discussed this with an representative. The response? “We don’t accept ideas from outside sources.”
Seriously? The Facebook page, “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s See if we get it made” proves that there is demand for this doll. At the time I am writing this, the page has 49,582 fans, and 4,472 people are talking about it. And think about the families – approximately 46 children are diagnosed with a day. I don’t know about the statistics for alopecia or trichotillomania, but I do know that it just adds more numbers, more families affected. More families devastated.
(If you haven’t already, please go to Beautiful and Bald Barbie and “like” it! The more support we have for this, the better.)
One last thing: I think this Barbie should be dressed in GOLD, not pink. Gold is the color for childhood cancer awareness. Barbie is, first and foremost, a toy for children. She should be wearing something similar to what the doll in the above picture is wearing… But I think it would be so awesome if she was wearing yellow skinny jeans and a childhood cancer awareness t-shirt with her own rubber cancer bracelets too. And maybe, somewhere down the line (but ONLY after the childhood cancer awareness doll comes out and is the success I know it will be), Mattel could make a collectible doll for breast cancer awareness. This doll, though, must be for the children.