The first Down's syndrome doll from Barbie is unveiled.
As part of its varied Fashionistas collection, Barbie has debuted its first doll with Down's syndrome.
Ellie Goldstein, a ground-breaking British model with Down syndrome, took part in a commercial for the new Barbie.
In close collaboration with the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in the US, Mattel, the company that makes Barbie, developed the doll.
After consulting with the NDSS and medical experts, Barbie's revised face and body shape,
which includes a shorter frame and a longer torso, was created to better represent women with Down's syndrome.
The eyes are almond-shaped, and the new facial sculpt, according to Mattel, has a rounder contour, smaller ears,
and a flat nasal bridge. Even the doll's palms have a single line, which is a trait that has occasionally been associated with people who have Down syndrome.
The doll is seen wearing a necklace with three upward chevrons, which stand for the three copies of the 21st chromosome,
the genetic component responsible for the condition's unique traits.The doll also has pink ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs),