People Are Celebrating the Release of a Black Barbie That Uses a Wheelchair

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Barbie dolls are synonymous with little girls everywhere. I was a child of the ’80s and my sister and I had several of the traditional blonde-haired, blue-eyed dolls.

Back in those days, having the pink Barbie Camper was all the rage. But as most things evolve over time, so too, has Barbie. The pink camper that every girl had has been replaced with the Barbie Dreamhouse. And the traditional blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll has also changed over the years to include the Barbie Fashionistas. Barbie looks nothing like the original gal that she was in ’59.

The popular doll was created by toy company, Mattel, and launched in March 1959. According to Wikipedia, “Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, making it the company’s largest and most profitable line.” The first Barbie doll to hit the market wore a black and white zebra swimsuit and could be purchased with either blonde or brunette hair.

Ruth noticed that her daughter, Barbara, enjoyed playing with paper dolls, often having them enact an adult role.

It wasn’t until the couple took their children on a trip to Europe, when Ruth saw a German doll named Bild-Lilli, that they changed their minds. This doll became the inspiration behind what we all know as “Barbie.”

And voila! The rest — as they say — is history. Barbie has been sold in over 150 countries. And, apparently, Mattel claims that “3 Barbie dolls are sold every second.”

Ruth’s daughter was named Barbara. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

The company that had licensed Bild-Lilli claimed that Barbie was “a direct take-off and copy of Bild-Lilli.” The case was settled outside of court and Mattel paid $21,600 for the copyright and patent rights for Bild-Lilli.

Ken has also evolved over time, but he’s always been faithful to his lady love. Afterall, Ken is a Pisces and Pisceans are known for being loyal and supportive.

Many have said that the doll portrays an unrealistic body ideal for girls.

The dolls’ eyes were changed from having a side-eye to a front-eye glance in ’71. And in ’97 her body received a small makeover — the toy company made her waist slightly bigger.

She went from being just a doll named Barbie to having her own line of apparel, books, even her own animated television show.

Curvy Barbie was a big hit — she made the cover of Time Magazine with the headline “Now Can We Stop Talking About My Body?” Many refer to her as the “fat” Barbie, but she is equal to a woman’s size 4!

The Barbie Fashionistas line recently introduced the newest member — a black Barbie doll in a wheelchair.

This doll is super cute and comes with her own ramp that was designed to perfectly fit inside the Barbie Dreamhouse.

However, Becky wasn’t a hit because she couldn’t fit into the Dreamhouse and she just wasn’t as cool looking as this doll.

And what girls want is dolls that represent the women that they see in their daily life. Sure, it’s fun to fantasize about looking like a supermodel, but having a wide range of character dolls — that are still Barbies — opens up the area of role play much more realistically.

And acknowledging the fact that her wheelchair is not the standard ugly hospital wheelchair — way to go, Mattel!

A Mattel rep told INSIDER that the team collaborated with the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and wheelchair experts to make the doll’s chair realistic.

And others on Twitter agree. This doll is getting a ton of positive feedback.

And the fact that she has a stylish wheelchair to get around is a bonus. A Mattel representative told INSIDER that the new doll was introduced to the Fashionistas line alongside others to help the collection “be more reflective of the world girls see around them.”

The inspiration for the doll came from the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a Canadian organization.

And Toys R Us Canada is donating a portion of the doll’s sales to the Starlight Organization.

Indeed, Barbie has come a long way. “The variety offered within the Fashionistas line is designed to inspire girls to tell more stories and find a doll that speaks to them,” a Mattel representative said.

And this generation of children is being taught to accept everyone and celebrate diversity.

The sky is the limit for your child to play make-believe. And don’t even get me started on the evolving fashion of Barbie.

The Holiday Barbie is always a stunner. What little girl wouldn’t be obsessed?

Some Barbies are considered rare and, if you have one of these, you’re likely sitting on a gold mine.

Ruth Handler said, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that, through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.”

From babysitter to NASCAR driver, the girl has done it all. Mattel claims that the doll has had over two hundred careers.

In honor of International Womens’ Day, the company wanted to showcase extraordinary women. There were seventeen dolls; some of which included role models like Misty Copeland, Gabby Douglas, and Amelia Earhart.

Female independence is an important characteristic of the brand.

Besides, she has a pretty large social media following and presence. Not only is she a doll + a brand, she is also a social media influencer!