Barbie unveils its first doll with hearing aids

Barbie’s expanded Fashionistas line aims to “reflect the diversity kids see in the world around them.”

2022 Barbie Fashionistas (Mattel, Inc.)

Barbie is releasing a new collection of dolls to be more inclusive of all children — starting with its first doll that wears hearing aids.

Over the last few years, Mattel’s Fashionistas line has expanded to be more diverse. In 2016, Mattel unveiled Barbie dolls with different body shapes. In 2020, the company launched Barbie dolls with vitiligo — a condition that affects skin pigmentation — and a variety of hair textures.

The company announced the addition of new dolls to the Fashionista collection. The line includes the first Barbie with behind-the-ear hearing aids, a Ken doll with vitiligo and a doll with a prosthetic leg.

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