Barbie fans are praising Mattel for releasing a black doll in a wheelchair who wears her natural hair — and the inclusive toy even comes with a ramp that fits inside her Dreamhouse.
Retailing for $19.99, the new doll debuted this month after being announced during the New York Toy Fair in February as part of the toy company’s 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line.
The collection celebrates diversity as well as realistic expectations of beauty, and people have been taking to Twitter to say they’re thrilled to see that Barbie Fashionistas doll #133 is not only in a wheelchair but is also a woman of color.
Inclusive: Mattel has debuted a new black Barbie doll who uses a wheelchair. The toy even comes with a DreamHouse-compatible ramp
On trend: The Barbie is rocking natural hair, sunglasses, and a stylish outfit while sitting in her blue wheelchair
‘THERE’S NOW A BARBIE IN A WHEELCHAIR,’ one woman tweeted on Thursday while sharing a photo of the doll in its box.
‘I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that more and more young girls are growing up seeing themselves in Barbie.’
‘There isn’t merely a Barbie in a wheelchair. THERE IS A BLACK BARBIE IN A WHEELCHAIR. I REPEAT, SIS IS BLACK!!!!’ someone else tweeted.
The new doll is rocking natural hair, sunglasses, and a stylish outfit while sitting in a wheelchair that ‘isn’t an ugly hospital chair,’ as one Twitter user pointed out.
Added touch: The Barbie comes with a pink ramp that fits inside her Dreamhouse
Not for show: A product image shows that the doll’s wheelchair fits comfortably through the pink double doors
Attention to detail: The product listing on Amazon states that the chair’s wheels really roll and there are also brakes to keep it in place
Mattel worked with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and wheelchair experts to design the wheelchair, which the company said has been one of the most requested accessories from Barbie fans, according to CNN.
The product listing on Amazon states that the chair’s wheels really roll and there are also brakes to keep it in place.
Fans also gushed about the fact that the doll comes with a Barbie DreamHouse-compatible ramp.
‘Are you f’in kidding?!! A ramp for the house?! This. Is. The. Best. Thing. Ever. Keeping it going @Mattel,’ one person commented.
Another person added that ‘this is done right in every way possible.’
Representation: Fans have been taking to Twitter to gush about the new Barbie doll, which retails for $19.99
‘There was a Barbie in a wheelchair back in the 90s and her wheelchair infamously didn’t fit through the Dreamhouse doors. Hopefully this one is more accessible,’ one woman wrote, referring to Barbie’s friend Becky.
The Becky doll was introduced in 1997, and while there were three Becky dolls in total, they were all white with lighter hair.
Many people noted that the dolls’ wheelchairs didn’t fit into the Dreamhouse and the toy was later discontinued.
‘They had a Barbie in a wheelchair when I was a kid too, years ago,’ one person recalled. ‘I’m super glad they have another Barbie in a wheelchair, and she’s black to boot. Becky was my favorite to play with and this brings back nice memories. I bet this new doll will be someone’s favorite too!’
Throwback: Barbie released a doll that used a wheelchair in the ’90s. Many people noted that the Becky dolls’ wheelchairs didn’t fit into the Dreamhouse and the toy was later discontinued
In addition to a Barbie with a wheelchair and ramp, Mattel also collaborated with Jordan Reeves, a 13-year-old disability activist who was born without a left forearm, to create a doll with a prosthetic limb.
‘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,’ the toy maker said in a statement earlier this year.
The Barbie and Ken Fashionistas line features dolls with different body types, skin tones, eye colors, hair colors and hairstyles as part of Mattel’s ongoing bid to create inclusive toys that children can identify with.
‘Barbie sent me both wheelchair dolls and one with the prosthetic leg,’ one Twitter user shared. ‘All the ladies look different. I was really pleased to see the diversity.’