In December of last year, two mothers launched a campaign for Mattel to create Beautiful and Bald Barbie to show girls that there are different standards of beauty and to raise awareness about diseases that can cause young girls to lose their hair. Mattel responded that they “receive hundreds of passionate requests for various dolls to be added to our collection”—essentially dismissing the women.
But it looks as if they changed their mind. Mattel just announced that they will in fact be creating the doll early next year, but instead of selling it along with their regular collection, they will donate it to children’s hospitals and other medical centers around the world. “We made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores and profit from them, but rather more directly and immediately get these into the hands of children who can most benefit from a play experience with these dolls” Mattel spokesman Alan Hilowitz said.
A bald Barbie will surely raise awareness about a meaningful cause—unlike some other dolls Mattel has produced over the years. From McDonald’s Barbie to Pooper Scooper Barbie to Cat Burglar Barbie, see our list of the most outrageous versions of the doll that have actually hit the shelves.