Barbie Launches First Doll With Down Syndrome

The doll manufacturer worked with the National Down Syndrome Society to create a doll that accurately represents someone with Down Syndrome.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
May 2, 2023

Mattel has launched a new Barbie doll to its “Barbie Fashionistas” lineup: the first ever doll with Down Syndrome. Mattel worked closely with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to ensure the doll was accurately representative of a person with Down Syndrome, from the sculpt, clothing, accessories, and packaging.

The doll’s face and body were created to illustrate women with Down Syndrome and their physical characteristics, and her dress pattern features butterflies and yellow and blue colors, which are symbols and colors associated with Down Syndrome awareness. The doll also comes with pink ankle and foot orthotics to match her outfit. This is an important step forward for inclusion.

Read more (via Motherly)

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