Two staples of the make-believe world of children’s toys will soon reflect real life diversity.
LEGO will add its first mini-figure in a wheelchair and Barbie will add some curves, as well as seven different skin tones.
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LEGO unveiled its “Fun in the Park” play set, which features 14 elements including a boy in a wheelchair. The addition shows that children with mobility issues are just like everyone else who wants to play in the park.
Toymaker Mattel is also addressing children’s body images by unveiling a variety of body sizes and skin color for Barbie. The message to children is that there is no one image of beauty.
Company spokesperson Michelle Chidoni says changes are “a better reflection of what girls see in the world around them.”
Photos: LEGO; Mattel
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