A new Facebook campaign is requesting giant U.S. toymaker, Mattel, to mass-produce a bald Barbie for girls and women who’ve lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses.
The campaign has generated more than 12,000 likes on the Facebook page, “Beautiful and Bald Barbie.”
Last year, Mattel created a one-of-a-kind bald Barbie for a 4-year-old suffering from cancer who lost her hair during chemotherapy treatment, according to CBS New York.
Now supporters want every child or woman experiencing hair loss from cancer treatment, pulling one's hair out, or other diseases that cause the immune system to attack hair follicles, to be able to have a bald Barbie doll to help boost their self- esteem. And if the toy company would agree to also making a headscarf or hairband, even better.
Supporters believe a bald Barbie would help lessen the stigma associated with hair loss, but chopping off Barbie’s lustrous locks to leave undesirable fringe just won’t do.
Organizers Jane Bingham and Beckie Sypin say the now viral movement just started out as a way to bring attention to childhood cancer and let Mattel know there is a lot of demand for a bald Barbie doll. They hope the company will acknowledge childhood cancer by dressing Barbie in yellow — not pink — the color of the childhood cancer awareness ribbon.
The two moms explain their goal this way: “We would like to see a Beautiful and Bald Barbie made to help young girls who suffer from hair loss due to cancer treatments, Alopecia or Trichotillomania. Also, for young girls who are having trouble coping with their mother's hair loss from chemo. Many children have some difficulty accepting their mother, sister, aunt, grandparent or friend going from a long haired to a bald.”
The two friends are no strangers to cancer. Beckie Sypin’s 12-year-old daughter is undergoing chemo, and Jane Bingham is battling lymphoma.
“We were just a couple of moms with an idea,” said Beckie Sypin of starting the Facebook page. They never expected the campaign to “explode” into such overwhelming support.