Barbie adds new doll: One uses wheelchair, another has prosthetic leg
There will also be new dolls with different body types and hair textures
ROANOKE, Va. – Barbie expands her circle of friends as Mattel releases a group of more diverse dolls.
The company announced it wanted to include more girls from around the world in its Fashionistas collection, according to WGRZ.
New Barbie body types feature a smaller bust, less defined waist and more defined arms.
There will also be dolls that reflect physical disabilities, including a doll in a wheelchair and one with a prosthetic limb.
The company wanted to make sure its product was authentic, so it collaborated with UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and wheelchair experts to help the new doll accessory resemble a real wheelchair.
They also worked with 13-year-old Jordan Reeves, co-founder of "Born Just Right", to develop a doll with a prosthetic limb. Mattel said the doll will have a key design feature to remove the prosthetic leg so it's more realistic.