Bald Beautiful Barbie
If cancer survivors have their say – Barbie could be coming to a store near you — bald.
[A] movement is afoot on Facebook to create a “Bald Barbie” as a role model for young girls going through chemotherapy or suffering from hair loss conditions such as alopecia.
“We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania,” reads the introduction to the Facebook page, Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made.
Proponents say that if Mattel can sell Barbie’s with tattoos and Hip Hop apparel, then they certainly can try to give hope to young girls who are battling cancer.
“I think having an image of a bald child or bald adult — whether it’s Barbie or not — does promote a positive message in the mainstream,” she says. “And Barbie is clearly in the mainstream.”
Pledge says that even having a bald Barbie on the toy store shelves could create educational opportunities for parents and children.
“Parents might be forced to have discussions with their children as to why Barbie is bald, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing,” she says. “There would be more people talking about it and discussing it instead of just looking at the children as different. They may feel that it’s more normal and I think that could be helpful.”