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by Emilia Gutierrez category: Cause
Four year old Georgia Braithwaite asked her mom, Karen, for a Barbie party theme, featuring a black Barbie for her 5th birthday. But when Karen went out to shop for party supplies she was very surprised to find out most of the supplies she needed only included a white blonde haired, blue-eyed Barbie.
Braithwaite said what little supplies she could find with a Barbie of color were “very small images of a brown-skinned Barbie and a brunette Barbie on a tablecloth, and a small set of hanging decorations.”
So Karen went to Change.org to start an online petition calling on Mattel to offer party supplies that go beyond the white, blond Barbie and feature Barbies of all colors.
Karen Braithwaite says “even though it seems like a small thing,” using only images of the white Barbie on the party supplies “sends a clear–and troubling–message to young girls.”
“Is that really the message Mattel wants to send in 2013? We think Mattel can do better. This is about more than just my daughter’s birthday party, it’s about promoting diversity, inclusion and respect. Why not give young girls of color the option of seeing and celebrating that same diversity when it comes to celebrating themselves.”
Watch Karen & Georgia's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCJXk9uAeOI&feature=player_embedded
Sign & Share her petition, https://www.change.org/petitions/mattel-offer-party-supplies-featuring-barbies-of-color
Beauty should come in all colors!