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Mattel introduces new Barbie dolls; one with prosthetic limb and one in a wheelchair

(KWWL) – New Barbies are debuting in June, all in an effort to reduce stigmas about physical disabilities.  Mattel has introduced two new Barbie dolls; one in a wheelchair, and another with a prosthetic leg.

“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” said Mattel officials in a statement.

According to Kim Culmone, Mattel’s vice president of Barbie Design, Mattel’s 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line was designed with the help of a young girl, Jordan Reeves, who has a prosthetic forearm.  For the wheelchair design, they worked with the UCLA Mattel’s Children’s Hospital.

Abby Turpin

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