Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bald Is Beautiful

By now I'm sure you have all heard about the campaign Beautiful and Bald Barbie, which was launched around Christmas time to try and convince Mattel - the makers of Barbie to manufacture a Bald Barbie doll.

Two incredible women came up with this idea.  Jane Bingham, who herself is going through cancer treatment, and Beckie Sypin - who's daughter has leukemia, were the originators of this idea.  They launched their idea on Facebook, and the idea has spread to millions.

Barbie who is 53 yr old this year, as been an icon for every little girl since the 1950's.  She has had every conceivable career, hair-style, clothing style and shoe style.  She even has a friend in a wheelchair!  So why not this?

In this time of increased cancers all over the world, involving every ethic origin and every age group,  it makes perfect sense to have a Beautiful and Bald Barbie, and yet so many object to the idea.

There have been many arguments against this - people have said things like  - just shave the hair off a Barbie doll, if you need to be sympathetic to cancer!

Have you ever tried to do this to a manufactured doll? 

I haven't but I have seen the results of such action on dolls at the thrift store.  When you cut or shave the hair off a manufactured doll you get a mess that is not pretty - not beautiful - it sort of resembles what a cancer patients hair looks like when it is falling out - clumps here and there - not pretty - not beautiful!

Other's have said - just forget about making the doll, instead donate to cancer more.  I wonder if these people who say this actually DO donate to cancer?  Do you?

What is wrong with having a doll without hair - one who has wigs, bandanna's, chemo caps and hats?  What wrong with a little girl wanting a doll she can identify with?  What's wrong with a Barbie who is less perfect to the fashion world, but most perfect to a bald child?

Of  late The Beautiful and Bald Barbie movement has created a "Warriors" album.  In this album are little girls of all ages.  If you are on Facebook, you should have a look at this album.  All the "Warriors" are bald, and every one of them are beautiful.  If the powers that be at Mattel have seen this album, surely by now they should be getting the importance of this proposed doll.  How could they not?

Physicians and counsellors of these children agree that such a doll would be a positive thing in these little girls lives. 

And there is more.   Cancer doesn't just make little girls bald - boys loose their hair too.  So now the movement has grown to include not only Barbie, but Bald G. I. Joe as well!

If you are on Facebook - please visit and befriend Beautiful and Bald Barbie.

Mattel has made billions of dollars promoting this one doll over 50 some years - just think how much money Barbie and her family and friends and all their accessories have generated for this toy company!   We have all grown up with Barbie as our friend, and she continues to befriend girls the world over.  I think Barbie would agree...

It's time to give back....

Come on Mattel - put your heart in front of your pocketbook!

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