(INDIAN EXPRESS) – In an appreciable move towards inclusivity, Mattel – the maker of Barbie – has introduced its first-ever doll with scoliosis. The 6-inch Chelsea doll has scoliosis, which is a curvature in the spine, and comes with a removable brace. With this little doll, the toy company aims to normalise the equipment and encourages children to celebrate inclusion.
Mattel worked closely with Dr Luke Macyszyn, a board-certified neurosurgeon and specialist in children’s complex spinal disorders, who advised the designers throughout the development of this unique doll.
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This new doll of Chelsea, Barbie’s younger sister, wears a removable pink dress with a colourful print and white shoes, and styles her long brunette hair with waves.
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