Several experts have showed their support for a campaign to have special Barbie dolls made available for little girls suffering from female hair loss.
A Facebook group is putting pressure on toymaker Mattel to produce an edition of the famous plaything without tresses.
Kathryn Huntley, acting director of The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland, told Australian news provider the Sunday Times it was a good idea.
“A hairless Barbie would highlight that bald is beautiful,” she explained.
Psychologist at Cancer Council Queensland Samantha Clutton agreed, adding that children are very concerned about fitting in with their peers.
It would not be the first time Barbie has gone bald, as last year a doll without locks was made for a four-year-old girl from the US called Genesis
Reyes, who lost her crowning glory while being treated for cancer, after a special request to the wife of the manufacturer’s chief executive.
But the campaigners now want to see this version rolled out to other female hair loss sufferers or girls whose mothers are experiencing thinning.
On the Facebook page Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made, it was argued the doll could be useful for girls with Trichotillomania
– who pull out their strands – alopecia, or who are being treated for cancer.