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Mattel, over the years, has garnered the reputation of being a company that’s made diversity and inclusion two of its leading missions when designing its dolls through its iconic Barbie brand.
Following years of praise for championing diversity — Mattel unveiled the first official African-American Barbie in 1980, the first Barbie presidential candidate in 1992 and the first Barbie to wear a hijab in 2017. Now, the brand is now adding a beautiful doll with vitiligo — a skin condition that causes patches of skin to lose their pigment — to the roster.
Retailing for $9.99 at Target, the doll, confidently rocking her vitiligo, is decked out in a striped dress, a waist bag, sneakers and a gorgeous afro puff.
Shop: Barbie Fashionistas Stripes Fashion Doll, $9.99
In addition to this doll, the new Barbie Fashionistas collection — dubbed “the most diverse doll line” on the website — features 176 dolls boasting nine body types, 35 skin tones and 94 hairstyles. Also included in the line is a doll with a prosthetic leg, one that uses a wheelchair and another with no hair. The latter was consciously backed by the company, which said in a statement, “If a girl is experiencing hair loss for any reason, she can see herself reflected in the line.”
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