Barbie Rolls Out First Doll With Down Syndrome

As part of a push to diversify, a Barbie doll with Down syndrome is hitting the market.

The new doll is modified to have a shorter frame and longer torso, according to Mattel, the company behind Barbie. Her face has a rounder shape, smaller ears, a flat nose bridge and eyes that are somewhat slanted and almond shaped. In addition, Barbie’s palms have a single line, as is often the case for those with Down syndrome.

Mattel said it worked with the National Down Syndrome Society to create the new doll. Individuals with Down syndrome, siblings, parents and other stakeholders were consulted to ensure accuracy in Barbie’s representation of the chromosomal disorder. The company also indicated that a medical professional reviewed the doll’s physical features.

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