New Barbie dolls with vitiligo, no hair added to broaden diversity

New Barbie dolls with vitiligo, no hair added to broaden diversity

- Six new unique dolls were added to the Barbie dolls fashionista line to broaden its range

- Among the new dolls are one with no hair and one with vitiligo

- The company said the doll without hair was for girls experiencing hair loss

- Other dolls introduced in 2019 Fashionistas line offered a variety of appearances

Barbie doll maker, Mattel, has released six new unique dolls including a doll with no hair and one with vitiligo to broaden the diversity of its range.

The company said that the brand wants to showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion through new additions to its Fashionistas line.

According to a statement released by Mattel, a prototype of the vitiligo toy, which debuted on the Barbie Instagram page in 2019, became its most-liked post ever.

New Barbie dolls with vitiligo, hairless added to broaden diversity

The company said that the brand wants to showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion, Photo: Barbie
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While commenting on the Barbie with no hair, the company said it was for girls who were experiencing hair loss for whatever reason,

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"She can see herself reflected in the line," Mattel said.

The new additions come months after a doll with a prosthetic leg and another with a wheelchair joined the Fashionistas range.

Other dolls in the 2019 Fashionistas line offered a variety of appearances, including braided hair texture and more realistic body types.

The body types ranged from smaller bust, less defined waist to more defined arms.

The company also incorporated more diversity in its Barbie range by offering dolls with different skin shades, eye colours, hairstyles and clothing.

In 2017, the company introduced the first Barbie to wear a hijab.

The Barbie Fashionistas line which started in 2015, now has more than 170 diverse dolls in its range.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ivorian artist O'Plerou Denis Grebet created 350 emojis that celebrate the beauty of African culture in all its forms.

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Grebet was said to be looking for free stock images of Africa for a project but only came across negative images of disease and poverty.

The negative images about Africa annoyed him and propelled him to create images that will depict the beauty of the continent.

He said: "I noticed that media and most articles about Africa were talking about the bad sides of the continent only. They reduced the image of it to a land in war where people are poor and hungry. These elements are true but it's not everywhere on the continent."

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