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Barbie maker launches first Down’s syndrome doll

The National Down Syndrome Society in the US helped to create the doll.

Ellie Goldstein with Barbie’s first Down’s syndrome doll (Catherine Harbour/Mattel/PA)

Barbie maker Mattel has launched its first Down’s syndrome doll.

The new Barbie has been created following consultation with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in the US.

Ellie Goldstein, one of the UK’s most prominent models with Down’s syndrome, has appeared in a campaign to mark the release.

The 21-year-old, who has been featured as one of British Vogue’s cover stars for the magazine’s May edition, said: “I am so happy that there is a Barbie with Down’s syndrome.

Barbie’s first Down’s syndrome doll (Catherine Harbour/Mattel/PA)

“We therefore welcome the fact that children in our community will be able to play with a doll that represents them and their lives.

“We look forward to seeing her on the shelves alongside Barbies who wear hearing aids, use wheelchairs and celebrate inclusion.”

The Barbie Fashionistas line, which began in 1959, has seen more than 175 looks with different skin tones, hair textures, body sizes and dolls with different disabilities.

Lisa McKnight, executive vice president and global head of Barbie dolls at Mattel, said: “As the most diverse doll line on the market, Barbie plays an important role in a child’s early experiences and we are dedicated to doing our part to counter social stigma through play.”


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