I maybe one of the rare breeds of girls growing up that wasn’t really interested in barbie dolls when I was younger, I was more an outdoorsy girl. I remember my grandparents having my aunties and mums old dolls in a little navy blue case but I never really had much interest they came out ever now and then but that’s it.
So as an adult why was I so excited about the thought of an inclusive range of fashionista barbie’s. As someone who fights to raise awareness of equality and inclusion for everyone with disabilities. Being diagnosed in my 20’s with a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy a progressive muscle wasting condition, with over 70 thousand adults and children in the UK with MD related condition.
The wheelchair Barbie fashionista range which is being produced alongside the new extension of other dolls with vitiligo and no hair in a bid to represent a global diversity and inclusivity, is nothing but way over due and an amazing way to create awareness for the next generation as well as this generation now.
So yes as an adult when I received my very first barbie but not just any Barbie a blonde wheelchair barbie for my 41st birthday on the 10th March that looks like the skinner version of me I was ecstatic, the thought of sharing pictures of adventures we can go on to share with the future me’s that they are not alone in every day struggles and wins of being a wheelchair user.
we are still a long way to becoming a more inclusive world but small steps like this can only build more confidence with people with disabilities,
Mattel by adding a diverse range of dolls, Mattel are challenging the mindsets of our younger generation allowing not only children but adults to come more understanding and empathetic towards people with disabilities. It’s a massive game changer.
With anxiety and body confidence on the up in children and adults it’s vital we promote inclusivity in everyday stages of our lives. Mattel is teaching children from a young age to understand that beauty comes in many different forms and that everyone including barbie is different and unique!
How does the range of barbie fashionista make you feel?? I’d love to know if you was a barbie fan when you was younger or like me became a fan as an adult, let me know by leaving me a comment.
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