Barbie makers team up with Brit model to unveil first doll with Down’s syndrome
MODEL Ellie Goldstein gets to grips with her history-making toy — the first Barbie with Down’s syndrome features.
Bosses at Mattel teamed up with the 21-year-old Brit to unveil it as part of Barbie’s inclusive Fashionistas line.
Ellie, 21, said: “I am so happy that there is a Barbie with Down’s syndrome.
“Seeing the doll, I felt so overwhelmed.
“It meant a lot to me and I’m so honoured and proud that Barbie chose me to show the doll to the world.
“Diversity is important to me.
“People need to see more people like me out there in the world.”
The doll is available to pre-order from toy firm Smyths.
It comes after the first Barbie dolls with prosthetic legs and hearing aids were launched last year.
The diversed dolls include a Ken doll with skin pigment condition vitiligo and a Barbie in a wheelchair.
Other new Kens are shorter and less muscular.
The hearing aidswere designed in collaboration with audiologist Dr Jen Richardson.