The Vatican has appealed to the creators of the Barbie doll to put a bald version of the popular doll on toy store shelves.
According to The Guardian, Mattell has already launched a bald version of the Barbie doll and have planned to donate them to hospitals for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other illnesses. This new version of the doll was developed after a mother of a chemotherapy patient launched a Facebook campaign that drew 150,000 supporters this year.
The Vatican’s official daily newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See’s daily, took notice of the bald Barbie, and they have urged Mattell to not only donate them to hospitals but asked “Why not sell the bald Barbie?”
Newser reports that the author of the article, historian Giulia Galeotti, praised the new model of Barbie doll, but also said that Barbie is “one of the most criticised and stigmatised [dolls], and rightly so”. With her “perfect and unreal” figure, Barbie has been a symbol of “plastic beauty and vacuous blondeness”; the article added that “plastic surgery was part of her DNA, before plastic surgery became routine.”
Galeotti gives credit to Mattel for developing various diverse models of the Barbie doll over the years, not to mention Becky, Barbie’s friend who uses a wheelchair, even though the original version of Becky could not fit through the front door of Barbie’s Dream House and had hair so long that it would get caught in the wheels of her wheelchair.
The new bald Barbie, officially a “friend” of Barbie’s, will come with accessories such as hats, wigs, and other head scarves. The Vatican says that this further proof that the all-American blonde is evolving.
“But a doubt remains,” it stated. “How many of us have ever really found these Barbies on shop shelves? Why is there no trace in the real world of this lineup of politically and educationally correct dolls?”