Mattel and Barbie reveal diverse 2021 Fashionistas doll collection

The diverse group includes Ken in a wheelchair, black Barbie with an afro, and more.

January 31, 2021

Mattel has reveled their 2021 Fashionistas line-up.

The collection typically features male and female dolls with a variety of skin tones, body shapes, and hair colors in hopes of giving children dolls who look more like them.

This year, the diverse group of dolls includes Ken in a wheelchair. Last year, the brand debuted a Barbie in a wheelchair, which was the second most popular "Fashionistas" doll sold. TODAY notes that additional dolls with wheelchairs will be added in 2021 with new accessories and ramps that are compatible with the Barbie Dreamhouse.

The collection also includes a Black Ken and a Black Barbie with an afro.

There will also be a white Barbie with vitiligo to join last year's Black Barbie with the condition.

"Barbie brand is more relevant than ever," Lisa McKnight, a senior vice president at Mattel, said in a statement to the outlet.

"We take great responsibility in better reflecting the world around us and know there are many positive benefits to exposing children to dolls with different skin tones, hair types, abilities and more," she added.

The outlet notes the dolls will be available at major retailers like Walmart, Target, and Amazon in the phases: spring and fall of 2021.

Earlier this year, Mattel revealed a Barbie doll designed after civil rights pioneer and world-famous writer, Dr. Maya Angelou, in celebration of the upcoming Black History Month.

The doll is wearing a floral print floor-length dress, a matching head wrap, and is holding Angelou’s famous piece of literature, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

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