The toy company Mattel has revealed its first Barbie with Down syndrome, in an effort to diversify its famous doll line.
Mattel worked alongside the US National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to accurately represent a person with Down syndrome, according to a statement announcing the doll on Tuesday April 25.
Barbie’s face is rounder, with smaller ears, a flat nasal bridge and almond-shaped eyes.
The doll even has a single line in her palm, which is a characteristic often seen in people with Down syndrome.
She is wearing a patterned butterfly and flower dress in blue and yellow, the colors associated with Down syndrome awareness.
Her necklace shows three upward chevrons that represent the three copies of the 21st chromosome and “the lucky few” who have someone with Down syndrome in their life.
Meanwhile, on her feet, she sports a pink ankle foot orthotics, which some children with the genetic condition wear to support their feet and ankles.
“Our goal is to enable all children to see themselves in Barbie, while also encouraging children to play with dolls who do not look like themselves,” executive vice-president of Barbie & Dolls, Lisa McKnight said.
British model with Down syndrome, Ellie Goldstein, has mentioned she felt “overwhelmed” after seeing the doll, according to BBC.
“This means so much for our community,” Goldstein, said. “We should never underestimate the power of representation. It is a huge step forward for inclusion and a moment that we are celebrating.”
Barbie with Down syndrome has been already available for pre-order since Tuesday, but will be available in US stores this summer and fall.