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Why the New Para Skiing Barbie Is Groundbreaking for Disability Representation

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In anticipation of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Mattel released a new collection of Barbie dolls featuring — among other Barbie winter sports stars — a para skiing doll.

The doll, who sits on adaptive skis and comes with a championship medal toy, is the sole representation of disability in the latest Barbie collection.

But that’s not the only reason the doll stands out — it’s a representation so powerful that the International Paralympic Committee and people with disabilities everywhere are lauding how it can help children with disabilities feel seen during playtime and beyond.

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