- On Twitter, many people are praising Mattel for making a black Barbie doll who has natural hair and uses a wheelchair . The doll comes with a ramp that fits inside Barbie Dreamhouses.
- The new doll, which launched in June after being announced in February, is the first black Barbie to use a wheelchair.
- People have pointed out that the wheelchair is made without handles, which they say they appreciate as the style is more casual and doesn’t look like those commonly found in hospitals.
- Mattel previously sold Barbies who used wheelchairs in the ’90s though they were seemingly discontinued because their wheelchairs didn’t fit inside the brand’s toy houses at the time.
A black Barbie who wears her natural hair and uses a wheelchair has become an internet sensation.
The doll is the first black Barbie to use a wheelchair, and is featured in Mattel’s Fashionista line.The Barbie was announced during the New York Toy Fair in February 2019, and officially launched in June.
People are praising Mattel for creating a black doll who wears a natural hairstyle and uses a wheelchair
On Thursday, a Twitter user shared a photo of the Barbie, which comes with a ramp so that the doll can access Barbie Dreamhouses.
“THERE’S NOW A BARBIE IN A WHEELCHAIR,” the Twitter user wrote on Thursday. “I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that more and more young girls are growing up seeing themselves in Barbie.”
Others soon followed, and began to praise everything from the doll’s natural hairstyle to the design of her wheelchair, which they say matches the style of ones used every day rather than those commonly found in hospitals.
Reference: INSIDER, Amanda Krause, June 28