If your daughter is about 5 years old she’s bound to love having a Barbie to play with, but even with such a clear preference of a toy, you’re still having a hard time trying to pick the right doll. Stores all around feature a huge collection of Mattel’s Barbie dolls and companions, from Miss Astronaut Barbie to the Nascar Barbie and Hispanic Teresa and Stacie. But one is missing, so our question is would you buy your kids a Bald Barbie?
Advocates are trying to make a change by pushing for Bald Barbie dolls to help children dealing with cancer. On Facebook, there’s already a movement to create a Bald Barbie that will be a role model for young girls going through chemotherapy and dealing with hair loss conditions.
Friends Rebecca Sypin, mom of a cancer patient, and Jane Bingham launched the Facebook page called “Beautiful and Bald Barbie: Let’s see if we can get it made”. The page wants to gather petitions to convince the Barbie doll maker Mattel to manufacture a Barbie that would be a role model for young girls suffering from cancer.
The page writes that the Bald Barbie would serve not only as a role model, but it will also be a way to help young girls and their families to handle the loss of hair. Mom Rebecca Sypin works at a special – education teacher’s aid in Lancaster, California and has a daughter suffering from cancer. She explained for MSNBC:
“My daughter is battling leukemia right now and she’s been going through chemotherapy for the last two years. She was bald for about seven months” during which people and kids would stare and ask questions about it. This is why Sypin thinks that a Bald Barbie doll “would be therapeutic”. “I think it would help baldness become more, quote unquote normal. It wouldn’t be this odd thing that people don’t have hair”.
Their Facebook campaign reached 56,000 “likes” on Thursday evening and with all the media coverage it is bound to get even more support. The two women have also contacted Mattel with the idea, but the company responded that it does not accept ideas from outside sources.