EastEnders star and Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis says she used to draw hearing aids on her Barbies when she was younger, so that they looked like her. But thanks to the new range of diverse toys that she helped to launch today, kids now won’t need to do the same thing.
Along with the new deaf Barbie, there’s a Barbie in a wheelchair, a Ken doll with the skin condition vitiligo, and a Fashionista doll with a prosthetic leg.
“It’s so important for children to be able to see themselves represented in the toys they play with,” Rose said. “I am thrilled that Mattel is releasing more dolls that encourage kids to celebrate and embrace their differences!”