Online Push for Bald Barbie Gains Momentum
A Barbie doll with no hair—bald because she had undergone cancer treatment—is in demand by a growing group of women who have battled the disease or are going through it with their children. The Associated Press reports:
A Facebook page titled “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made” was started a few days before Christmas. By Wednesday afternoon, the page had more than sixteen thousand fans. The goal is to get toy maker Mattel Inc. to create a bald Barbie in support of children with cancer.
Friends Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham, who live on opposite coasts but have both been affected by the disease, hatched the idea to use Barbie for the movement because she’s such a popular children’s toy.
Bingham has lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatments to treat lymphoma. Sypin’s twelve-year-old daughter, Kin Inich, also lost her hair this year in her own battle with leukemia.
Mattel didn’t return calls on Wednesday seeking comment, but the women said they have contacted the company through some general form letters. In return, they said, they’ve received form letters that say Mattel doesn’t accept ideas from outside sources.
The women say a bald Barbie would provide a huge platform to raise awareness for children with cancer.
Barbie, all 11.5 inches of her, is one of the best-known toys of all time. She can sell for ten dollars at Wal-Mart or seven thousand dollars on eBay.
As of this morning, the Facebook page had more than 36,500 fans.
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