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17 March 2023 by Marcus Gordon
Mattel, the makers of Barbie, has introduced its first-ever doll with scoliosis.
The toy company has launched its new Chelsea doll, who is Barbie’s little sister, with a curved spine and a removable back brace.
Citing the “power of representation”, the brand aims to normalise the equipment and encourage children to celebrate inclusion with its latest addition to the Barbie family.
Mattel worked closely with Dr Luke Macyszyn, a board-certified neurosurgeon and specialist in children’s complex spinal disorders, in order to develop the doll.