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An All New Inclusive Barbie Has Been Released

Moms logo Moms 5/17/2022 Larissa Marulli
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Mattel has released the latest Barbie dolls in their all-inclusive Fashion Dolls collection and has unveiled their very first doll that uses hearing aids to represent the deaf community. In recent years, Mattel has taken active steps to create inclusive dolls that represent marginalized children as well as those who don't just look like the original blonde hair Barbie. Barbies now come in four different body sizes and a variety of skin tones, hair colors, and eye colors.

This doll in hearing aids has joined a male doll with vitiligo, a condition in which skin pigmentation is affected, and another one who has a prosthetic limb. Barbie has come a long way since its debut and from the original doll, we all know so well.

For decades, Barbie was a very thin yet busty doll with a pretty face, blue eyes, and blonde hair. That is hardly an accurate representation of all children who want to play with Babies and kids do want to see themselves in their toys. Especially dolls and there weren't other Barbie options for quite some time.

That's all changing now. Mattel listened to their fan base and now regularly releases new dolls that can represent all children.

Hearing loss in children is fairly common and according to the Center for Disease Control data, hearing loss occurs in 1 to 3 per 1,000 children. Other data has shown other rates of 2 to 5 per 1,000 children. According to NBC News, Mattel was dedicated to producing a doll that represented this condition. They worked with an audiologist to ensure that the doll was made as accurately as possible.

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Dr. Jen Richardson has been a practicing audiologist for 18 years and has worked with many children with varying levels of hearing loss before working with Mattel. She shared her excitement about this new all-inclusive Barbie doll by saying,

"I'm beyond thrilled for my young patients to see and play with a doll who looks like them."

This doll is female and has long brown hair up in a ponytail. She has pink hearing aids that look very much like the hearing aids that kids wear and use in order to be able to hear the world around them and communicate. The doll is wearing a floral dress and has a big smile on her face. She joins this all-inclusive Barbie collection and will surely be much loved by children who also use hearing aids.

Source: NBC News, Center for Disease Control

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