Many girls grew up loving Barbie but for young black girls and those who had a disability or health condition, it felt isolating to see dolls that looked different to them.
Growing up in Gambia I didn’t have this problem of not wanting to play with a doll that looked like me. I was lucky enough to be playing with dolls that looked like me with dark skin features. Of course these weren’t barbie, nor Bratz.
Making transition to living in the UK I starting to notice lack of represention of black girls on media etc. Thats a whole different topic 😭. I was more a fan of Bratz with all the sassy looks, a bit grown but at least I could see a repsentation of me than barbie but barbie was more popular. It’s something about blond hair blue eyes 😂.
Well Barbie has now launched its inclusive versions of Barbie, including a doll with no hair, one with skin condition vitiligo, one in a wheelchair and another with a prosthetic limb.
four women with conditions like has praises Barbie
‘Wearing my first wig was terrifying’
‘I wanted to show bullies I was able’
‘There’s no model in a chair’
“I was born in Brazil and played lots of sports. When I was 14, a family member had a gun on the table in the house. I picked it up and it went off and the bullet shattered the middle of my spine. I was paralysed instantly.
When I came round in hospital, I didn’t really understand what had happened to me and, even when my parents told me that I couldn’t walk, I never imagined they meant forever.
After a month in hospital and months of rehabilitation, I began my life in a wheel-chair. I had never met anyone in a wheelchair before and all the toys I had growing up were dolls with perfect hair and bodies.
‘I never left house without make-up’
*These names have been changed.