The Newest Black Barbie Is In A Wheelchair

June 28, 2019  |  


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Barbie has been around since 1959 and is celebrating her 60th Anniversary this year. Mattel has a series of things occurring for this moment, but the one thing that consumers seem to be most excited about is that Barbie is not only Black, but also in a wheelchair. The Barbie is from Mattel’s Fashionista line and not only is she in a wheelchair, but she also comes with a ramp for accessibility.

Diversity for children’s toys is always important and we’re happy that Mattel not only looked at race diversity but also took disabilities into account as well. For children who are in a wheelchair or have another disability, this Barbie can help them to feel seen and appreciated. We all deserve to see ourselves in the media, movies, and everyday life. I hope that this is something that other doll companies will adopt as well.

Twitter was ecstatic about the representation as well.


One Twitter users was happy that “more and more young girls are growing up seeing themselves in Barbie.”

Another Twitter user reminded us that they had a Barbie in a wheelchair before, her name was Becky. The user reminisced, “Becky was my favorite to play with and this brings back nice memories.” She was happy that they have another Barbie in a wheelchair and “she’s black to boot.”

One thing that was noticed about Barbie in addition to being Black, was her natural hair. She is rocking two afro puffs. One Twitter user exclaimed in disbelief, “A Black, visibly disabled Barbie with natural hair?” They also mentioned that her wheelchair wasn’t “a ugly hospital chair.”

It seems like the reaction to this new Barbie are overwhelmingly positive. I love that Mattel brought visibility to two minority communities and did it well!

Will you be shopping this new Barbie for your kids? Talk to us in the comment section.


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