(Gray News) – Once only blonde-haired, blue-eyed and super curvy, Mattel’s Barbie is getting evermore diverse.
Later this year, Mattel will release a doll in a wheelchair and a doll 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,” the company said.
"While there are many types of wheelchairs, this chair is modeled after one that is designed for an individual who has a permanent physical disability."
The new dolls are part of the Barbie Fashionistas line, which features dolls with a growing variety of skin tones, body types, hair styles and clothing options.
Kim Culmone, Mattel’s vice president of Barbie Design, talked about the new dolls in Teen Vogue.
"We’re going to be introducing a doll in a wheelchair and a doll representing physical disabilities. She has a prosthetic limb," Culmone said. "[There will be] additional body sizes — a Barbie with a smaller bust and less-defined waist. A wheelchair or doll in a wheelchair was one of the most requested items through our consumer ... hotline. It's important to us to listen to our consumers."
There will also be a Barbie DreamHouse that comes with a wheelchair ramp.