Mattel Introduces “Chemo Barbie” to Comfort Young Cancer Patients

    Okay, quick disclosure before I go ahead with this week’s Caught Being Godly: I’m not a fan of Barbie! I’m not going to elaborate on the reasoning because the point of this post is to give kudos to Mattel. Why, you ask?

    Well, Barbie is well known for her unrealistic perfection, from her tiny waist and feet to her long, slim legs and long, luscious hair. But ladies, we all know that Barbie doesn’t represent a real person. And when little girls look to Barbie, how are they even able to relate?

    Well, Mattel has introduced a new themed Barbie that is a step closer to real life—and, more importantly, real struggles. This Barbie is called the “Ella” doll, and her nickname is “Chemo Barbie”!

    Ella comes with various wigs and headscarves and has provided much needed comfort and inspiration to young girls going through chemotherapy. Ella is not a newly released Barbie doll. She was actually introduced in 2012, initially as a one-off doll for a friend of the CEO. Later, more dolls were made for U.S. hospitals and charities. But the dolls were still limited…until one mom took it upon herself to start an online petition to convince Mattel to produce more dolls. After more than 100,000 signatures, Mattel has agreed! How cool is that? So, kudos to Mattel!

    Check out the clip below for more on this awesome story and share your thoughts in the comments below.

    Ladies, what do you think about Chemo Barbie?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. I never played with Barbies or dolls as a little girl—they kind of creeped me out (and they still do, for whatever reason). But I think this is such a sweet thing! It’s definitely a step in the right direction.

    2. This is awesome! I think it’s awesome for young cancer patients. I played with Barbie’s a lot as a kid (and I never thought I had to look like them when I grew up or I was weird, they were just dolls) a chemo doll would have been so cool since I liked playing doctor!

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