Beautiful and Bald Barbie campaign gains traction

A Facebook group urges Mattel to make a bald Barbie doll. Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook Page

A Facebook group urges Mattel to make a bald Barbie doll.
Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook Page
(CBS) Barbie has been many things: Flight attendant, a gold medal gymnast and even a scuba diver. There's been Malibu Barbie, Skipper and Midge, Barbie's best friend since 1963. But there's one thing she's never been: bald.

A new group is trying to change that. A Facebook page, with nearly 100,000 likes, was started in December by women who either personally had chemotherapy, or have had children who experienced balding due to cancer treatment, or other factors. Supporters are urging Barbie-maker Mattel to make a doll without hair to serve as a role model for young girls undergoing chemotherapy, suffering from hair loss, or has a family member having cancer treatment.

"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," explains a statement on the Facebook page, Beautiful and Bald Barbie.

The campaign's organizers have already caught Mattel's attention. "We are honored that Jane Bingham and Beckie Sypin believe that Barbie could be the face of such an important cause," Mattell explained, reports MSNBC.com. "Mattel appreciates and respects the passion that has been built up for the request for a bald Barbie doll. As you might imagine, we receive hundreds of passionate requests for various dolls to be added to our collection. We take all of them seriously and are constantly exploring new and different dolls to be added to our line."

Tell us: Should Mattel make a bald Barbie?

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