Gone are the days when Barbie was just a skinny, blue-eyed, blond-haired doll — Mattel's Barbie Fashionistas collection is all about celebrating the diverse world we live in, and we are here for it. After releasing its range of dolls with different skin tones, body types, hairstyles, and abilities earlier this year, one specific Fashionista has Twitter praising the brand's attention to detail and commitment to its inclusivity mission. Meet Barbie Fashionistas Doll #133, a black Barbie in a wheelchair rocking sunglasses, natural hair, and a wheelchair that "isn't an ugly hospital chair," as one Twitter user pointed out.
Earlier this week, @summersnoqueen shared a photo of the Barbie doll, writing, "THERE'S NOW A BARBIE IN A WHEELCHAIR. I can't even begin to express how happy I am that more and more young girls are growing up seeing themselves in Barbie," and the internet responded with major praise. Not only does the toy come with a wheelchair ramp, but it's made to fit perfectly in the Barbie Dreamhouse!
Many people called out that in the 1990s, there was a Barbie named Becky who used a wheelchair, but her chair did not fit in the Dreamhouse and the doll was later discontinued. Now, the Barbie Fashionistas collection is making sure all kids feel seen. The doll is available on Amazon, where it says that the wheelchair's wheels really roll and there are even brakes to keep the doll in place. While many toy companies have been releasing diverse ranges of products, it's awesome to see Mattel making sure everyone feels represented with the Barbie Fashionistas collection. Check out reactions to the Barbie doll ahead.