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    U.S. toy maker Mattel Inc. has introduced new additions to its “inclusive and diverse” set of Barbie products, this time featuring the popular doll with hearing aids, one with a prosthetic leg, as well as a Ken doll with the skin condition Vitiligo. The new dolls, to be released in June, will join the Barbie Fashionista line. Mattel said it wants children to “see themselves reflected” in its toy line that the company hopes will help people “understand and celebrate the importance of inclusion.” Mattel Unveils New Inclusive Dolls, Including First Barbie with Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids https://t.co/c0gMcE3kO7 — People (@people) May 11, 2022 The hearing aids Barbie was created in cooperation with audiology expert Dr. Jen Richardson. “I’m honored to have worked with Barbie to create an accurate reflection of a doll with behind-the-ear hearing aids,” Richardson said in a statement, People reported. “As an educational audiologist with over 18 years of experience working in hearing loss advocacy, it’s inspiring to see those who experience hearing loss reflected in a doll.” “I’m beyond thrilled for my young patients to see...
    (CNN)America's most popular fashion doll Barbie has received widespread criticism on social media for not featuring an Asian Barbie in their collection dedicated to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Mattel, the toy company that manufactures Barbie dolls, collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers to release a new line of dolls in February 2020 specially designed for the Games. The collection includes five dolls that reflect the five new sports that had been added to the Olympic program this year -- baseball/softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing. Mattel worked with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers to design dolls reflecting the new sports in the Olympic program."Tokyo 2020 is a monumental event that brings the world together through sport and inspires fans of all ages," Mattel Chief Franchise Officer Janet Hsu wrote in a Mattel press statement. "The Mattel Tokyo 2020 Collection honors these sports and inspires a new generation through the Olympic spirit and outstanding athletic tradition." Despite an attempt to "[highlight] inclusivity and innovation," many were quick to note the absence of...
    CARLSTADT, New Jersey -- Aniqua Wilkerson is an artist and designer who is diversifying toy boxes with her handmade, one-of-a-kind crochet dolls. Inspired to address a lack of diversity in dolls, Wilkerson launched My Kinda Thing, a business to empower children of color by helping them to feel seen and represented."I used to be an early childhood educator, and that is where I got to witness firsthand how important pretend play is to the early childhood experience and development. From there, it became a mission for me to find yarns that would realistically depict children of color, particularly Black girls," Wilkerson said. After eight years of hand-making dolls and selling them internationally, Wilkerson partnered with the Lion Brand Yarn Company to launch "Skein Tones", a new brand of yarn that comes in 12 different shades of brown.Related: New Jersey's 'One-hand sewing man' transcends beyond his disability through fashion"Aniqua knows, personally and professionally, the deep need for an inclusive product like Skein Tones to exist in the crafting space. There really hasn't been a diverse line of yarn that reflects a...
    LOS ANGELES -- Described as pieces of art, Dr. Lisa Williams founded a company that makes dolls reflecting multicultural backgrounds, specifically made to encourage, empower and uplift children of color, but Williams says that any child would benefit from a Fresh Doll.The dolls are each made with beautiful shades of skin tones and unique features."They're designed to represent authenticity," said Williams. The "Fresh Squad" line of male dolls is top-selling. In total there are four different doll lines."There was thought put into it and their understanding. You could just tell that the main point was to be inclusive," said Alexis McAfee from San Diego, CA. McAfee says it's inclusive to those who have often been left out and are so proud to introduce the dolls to her daughter Aubrey.
    Wall Streets nightmare - Elizabeth Warren as Treasury secretary The Ford 999 used brute force to launch two historic careers Barbies new collection includes a doll with baby hairs, and fans are loving the inclusive hairstyle Barbie fans can't stop talking about a newly launched doll that appears to be one of the few to sport visibly styled baby hairs. © Barbie, Mattel Barbie welcomed four new dolls to its streetwear-inspired line. Barbie, Mattel On Wednesday, the beloved toy brand welcomed four new dolls to its pre-existing BMR1959 line — which stands for Barbara Millicent Roberts, the full name of the Barbie character; and '59, the year the first doll was introduced.  "So fresh. So clean. So #Barbie," the decades-old doll brand wrote on Instagram. So fresh. So clean. So #Barbie. This second collection in the #BMR1959 line celebrates Barbie’s fashion heritage by drawing inspiration from today’s hottest streetwear trends. Which look is your favorite? A post shared by Barbie (@barbie) on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:50am PDTJun 24, 2020 at 10:50am PDT  According to the brand website, the...
    Barbie launched a new collection of dolls with streetwear-inspired style and beauty looks. One of the dolls has styled baby hairs, which has caught the attention of fans online who are applauding the inclusive style. The new dolls are part of Barbie's BMR1959 line, which stands for Barbara Millicent Roberts, Barbie's full name; and the year the first doll was introduced. In January, Barbie began incorporating a series of new dolls into its lineup, including dolls with vitiligo, prosthetic limbs, and without hair. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Barbie fans can't stop talking about a newly launched doll that appears to be one of the few to sport visibly styled baby hairs. On Wednesday, the beloved toy brand welcomed four new dolls to its pre-existing BMR1959 line — which stands for Barbara Millicent Roberts, the full name of the Barbie character; and '59, the year the first doll was introduced.  "So fresh. So clean. So #Barbie," the decades-old doll brand wrote on Instagram. So fresh. So clean. So #Barbie. This second collection in the #BMR1959 line...
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