Barbie Launches Doll with Hearing Aid and Immortalizes Designer Vera Wang

Mattel, the company behind Barbie, has added a doll with a hearing aid in its mission to be more diverse and inclusive.

In case you didn’t know, Barbie has launched more dolls in its latest collection. Mattel, the company behind the beloved 63-year-old-brand, has added a Barbie with a hearing aid. This is part of its mission to be more diverse and inclusive.

In the description provided on its social media account, Mattel said, “We are proud to introduce the first Barbie with behind-the-ear hearing aids, giving kids the chance to imagine even more amazing possibilities.”

“The power of play is shaping what we imagine to be possible–which is why it’s important that kids can play out stories with dolls that reflect themselves and the world around them!”

Photo from Barbie

According to a report from CNN, Barbie worked with Dr. Jen Richardson. He’s a leading practitioner in educational audiology and made sure the crafted hearing aid was accurate. Richardson said in a press release that the Barbie doll with a hearing aid can serve as an inspiration for many young girls who are hearing impaired.

The doll is part of Barbie’s 2022 Fashionista line-up. It even includes a Ken doll with vitiligo. The Barbie with a hearing aid will be released in June. It will be available in leading stores in the US.

Vera Wang gets immortalized

Aside from the Barbie doll with a hearing aid, another popular personality was included in Barbie’s latest Tribute collection. Designer Vera Wang joins the ranks of personalities such as Naomi Osaka and Ashley Graham

“Fashion designer. Businesswoman. Icon. Barbie welcomes the visionary #VeraWang into the #Barbie Tribute Collection, honoring those who have shaped culture with their contributions,” Mattel announced on May 5.

Wang, whose parents migrated to the US from China wrote, “THANK YOU @mattel. This is such an insane honor. And I am so proud to be a part of this TRIBUTE series of women I so admire!”

Wang has dressed up some of the world’s famous personalities including Korean actress Son Ye-jin, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zendaya.

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