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Mattel Releases a new range of diverse Barbie dolls including a doll with vitiligo

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Mattel Releases a new range of diverse Barbie dolls including a doll with vitiligo

Toy company Mattel, last week launched a new line of diverse Barbie dolls including a doll with vitiligo. The collection, which also includes a doll with no hair, a prosthetic limb and a wheel chair, is part of the fashionista range, which aims to promote diversity and celebrate the importance of inclusivity. 

The vitiligo community became aware of the vitiligo doll in 2019, when the news circulated that Mattel was planning to create a doll with white patches and so when the doll finally hit the shops and became available online, naturally all those within the community couldn’t wait to purchase the first ever toy that looked like them and represented them in such an empowering way.  


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Natalie Ambersley

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.

Natalie Ambersley is the Social Media and Community lead at The Vitiligo Society, alongside her role as a Trustee. She joined the Society in February 2017 with a focus on building each of the social media platforms where the Society has a strong presence and makes impact.

Aside from assisting with the day to day running of the charity, Natalie has been involved in campaigns including a collaboration with the NHS and most recently with a leading brand, Vita Liberata, she also oversees the parent support group. She has often acted as a spokesperson for the society and regularly liaises with the media when there is press interest in sharing individual stories.