Barbie launches doll with Down's syndrome

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Barbie has launched its archetypal doll with Down's syndrome, successful a bid to marque the world-famous artifact much inclusive.

Part of its Fashionistas range, which includes dolls who usage wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, and proceeding aids, this doll is the archetypal to correspond idiosyncratic with a learning disability.

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French City Counsellor & Author Eleonore Laloux holds the caller   Barbie doll with Down's syndrome, successful  Paris, France April 19, 2023. Mattel/Matthieu Suprin/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT

Image: French metropolis councillor and writer Eleonore Laloux holds the caller Barbie doll with Down's syndrome

Down's syndrome is erstwhile you are calved with an other chromosome, starring to immoderate level of learning disability, distinctive facial characteristics and an accrued hazard of bosom and digestive issues.

British exemplary Ellie Goldstein, 21, who helped motorboat the caller doll, said she felt "happy" and "overwhelmed" to spot a doll with Down's syndrome, adding "people request to spot much radical similar maine retired determination successful the satellite and not beryllium hidden away".

Working with the USA's National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and aesculapian professionals, the doll has been sculpted with a shorter framework and longer torso to much accurately correspond a pistillate with Down's syndrome.

Her facial features person a rounder shape, smaller ears, and a flatter nose, with almond-shaped eyes. Additionally, her palms diagnostic a azygous line, a diagnostic often associated with those with Down's syndrome.

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The doll's pinkish pendant necklace has 3 arrows to correspond the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome which radical with Down's syndrome have, and symbolise "the fortunate few," which is said to correspond radical who person idiosyncratic with Down's syndrome successful their lives.

The doll is besides wearing ankle supports, which are much commonly utilized by children with Down's syndrome successful the US.

NDSS president and CEO Kandi Pickard said: "This Barbie serves arsenic a reminder that we should ne'er underestimate the powerfulness of representation. It is simply a immense measurement guardant for inclusion and a infinitesimal that we are celebrating."

Carol Boys, main enforcement of the UK Down's Syndrome Association, said: "We often perceive from families who consciousness their children are not represented capable successful the mainstream media. We truthful invited the information that children successful our assemblage volition beryllium capable to play with a doll that represents them and their lives."

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Other Barbie Fashionistas successful the range, which was launched past year, see dolls with vitiligo (condition wherever airy achromatic patches make connected the skin), a doll without hair, a Barbie wearing braces and a Ken with a prosthetic leg.

Mattel's enactment for Barbie's small sister, Chelsea, launched a doll with spinal upset scoliosis earlier this year, wearing a removable backmost brace.

Executive vice president and planetary caput of Barbie and Dolls astatine Mattel, Lisa McKnight, said the brand's extremity was "to alteration each children to spot themselves successful Barbie" and "encourage children to play with dolls who bash not look similar themselves… [and so] thatch knowing and physique a greater consciousness of empathy, starring to a much accepting world".

Launched successful 1959 by American artifact institution Mattel, Barbie - whose afloat sanction is Barbara Millicent Roberts - has since go the astir celebrated doll successful the world.

First disposable arsenic either a blonde oregon brunette, the shapely blonde bombshell Barbie has since go synonymous with the brand, which has antecedently been criticised for promoting an unrealistic assemblage representation and overly sexualised appearance.

A unrecorded enactment Barbie film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling arsenic Barbie and Ken, and written by Greta Gerwig is owed retired successful July.

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