Barbie Should Be Bald to Fight Cancer, Some Facebook Users Say
Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a Nascar driver, and a news anchor.
Now, there's an online movement to get her to attempt what could be her biggest feat yet: going bald to fight cancer.
A Facebook page titled "Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made" was started a few days before Christmas. By Wednesday afternoon, the page had more than 15,000 fans. The goal is to get toy maker Mattel Inc. to create a bald Barbie in support of children with cancer.
Friends Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham, who live on opposite coasts but have both been affected by the disease, hatched the idea for the social media movement because Barbie is an influential children's toy.
Bingham has lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatments to treat lymphoma. Sypin's 12-year-old daughter, Kin Inich, also lost her hair this year in her own battle to treat leukemia.
Mattel didn't return calls on Wednesday seeking comment, but the women said they have contacted the company through some general form letters. In return, they said, they've received form letters that say Mattel doesn't accept ideas from outside sources.
The women say a bald Barbie would provide a huge platform to raise awareness for children with cancer.
Barbie, all 11.5 inches (29 centimeters) of her, is one of the best-known toys of all time. She can sell for $10 at Wal-Mart or $7,000 on eBay. She's taken on all sorts of incarnations throughout her nearly 53 years of existence, crushing stereotypes and showing little girls that they can be whatever they want to be. There's been an elegant Grace Kelly Barbie; a Barbie in thigh-high pink boots; a tattooed Barbie; a pregnant Barbie friend, and another Barbie friend in a wheelchair.