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Mom pitches 'Bald Barbie' to Mattel for kids with cancer

January 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Most kids in America recognize Barbie immediately.

She's tall, she's thin, and she's...bald?

Rebecca Sypin is one of the people behind this Facebook campaign urging Mattel to create a bald Barbie, one she says children battling cancer and other diseases that cause hair loss can relate to.

"When you go to the supermarket, sometimes you have little kids who've never seen it before, staring, and I think it would make it much more mainstream and more normal for kids to see that," said Sypin.

Sypin knows about children and cancer all too well. Her daughter, Kin Inich, is battling leukemia.

"Everybody else has hair, even a boy has hair and you don't. So it would make you feel like you're Barbie, you would be the glamorous girl with the big lifestyle and everything now," said Kin.

The Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page has been up and running for less than a month, and already has more than 65,000 friends.

But despite that support, Sypin says the bald Barbie idea has gotten a cool reception from Mattel, saying that the company has told her they do not take unsolicited Barbie doll suggestions from outside sources.

A bald Barbie may still be a possibility though. Mattel released a written statement Thursday saying the company is honored that so many people are looking to Barbie as the face of such an important cause.

"We receive hundreds of passionate requests for various dolls to be added to our collection," the statement reads. "We take all of them seriously and are constantly exploring new and different dolls to be added to our line."

Kin sees the idea as something that could be of tremendous value to children with cancer.

"It's someone to keep you company, exactly like you, knowing what you're going through. I think it would be great to make a bald Barbie," she said.

And for those of you suggesting do-it-yourself bald Barbies? That idea is already tried and failed.

"It looks like you have hairplugs in your Barbie. It's not cute!" Sypin said.

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