Children dealing with hair loss as a result of cancer treatment, or other illnesses such as alopecia, will now have a bald doll to look up to. MGA Entertainment Canada has announced it will release a line of hairless True Hope Bratz dolls, available at Toys"R"Us, Canada this summer.
MGA and Toys"R"Us will each donate $1 from the sale of each doll to Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The move to create a bald doll came after a Facebook group petitioning for a bald Barbie to be made reached 150,000 supporters. The Facebook group Beautiful and Bald Barbie was created in December 2011 with the hope that a bald Barbie doll would help to reduce the shame and stigma felt by children and women dealing with hair loss.
"We realized there was a real need for this doll," says Diane Goveia-Gordon, president of MGA Entertainment Canada, who hopes the creation of these dolls will bring some degree of normalcy and acceptance to children who are affected by hair loss.
Mattel, the maker of Barbie, has also said they will create a hairless doll, and has plans to donate them to U.S. and Canadian children’s hospitals and charities in 2013.
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