In February, Barbie announced that it would be releasing a line of diverse dolls with disabilities. Plus Ken got a makeover, too, with three new body types. This is a part of Mattel's push for more inclusive dolls; in 2017 the brand expanded their dolls to include curvy, petite, and tall bodies.
The collection is titled the Fashionista Dolls, and the focus is around the doll's love for fashion as opposed to their appearance. The move towards inclusivity has been well received, especially after one person on Twitter saw a doll on store shelves.
The doll represents multiple intersectional identities as a person of color wearing natural hair and using a wheelchair. Of course, this isn't the first doll with a wheelchair that Barbie has created. In the '90s Barbie released a doll using a wheelchair that infamously was not compatible with Barbie's Dream House. Now, the doll is entirely accessibility friendly and even comes with its own ramp.
Barbie Fashionistas Doll #133 Brunette with Rolling Wheelchair and Ramp (Target, $20)
The doll is available at certain retailers, including Target. The rest of the dolls in the Fashionistas collection are set to release in Fall 2019, so even more representation is on the way. Barbie has evolved in the best way from the first doll in 1959, and it's clear that fans are in support of the positive change.