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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?

Image: Youtube


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  1. IzzySchulz

    Posted by IzzySchulz on August 4, 2014 at 13:02

    I think this is amazing. At least now Barbies are taking a step in the right direction!

  2. AYoung77

    Posted by AYoung77 on August 2, 2014 at 15:23

    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!

  3. Liz470

    Posted by Liz470 on July 31, 2014 at 08:16

    i love this so inspiring! God Bless 🙂

  4. freedomlights

    Posted by freedomlights on July 29, 2014 at 13:47

    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.

  5. Mariposa

    Posted by Mariposa on July 29, 2014 at 13:46

    I think it’s awesome that they are supporting cancer patients!!

  6. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on July 28, 2014 at 18:45

    Cool, I loved Barbies as a girl. It’s so cool to see Mattel finally help girls who are going through cancer!

  7. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on July 26, 2014 at 11:29

    That’s so sweet of them!

  8. Mandi Pi

    Posted by Mandi Pi on July 26, 2014 at 09:13

    That’s pretty cool. 🙂 I love this lady (the girl’s mom).