trictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis has teamed up with Barbie to unveil their first doll with behind-the-ear listening to aids.
The EastEnders actress, who gained the dance competitors in 2021, options within the Rose, Barbie & Pals marketing campaign.
She is photographed alongside a forged of various fashions who mirror the brand new line of dolls, which incorporates the primary Ken doll with vitiligo, one with a prosthetic limb and one other with a wheelchair.
Ayling-Ellis, who has been deaf since beginning, stated: “It’s so essential for youngsters to have the ability to see themselves represented within the toys they play with.”
“After I was little, I’d draw listening to aids on to my Barbie dolls to make them appear to be me, so I’m thrilled that Mattel is releasing extra dolls that encourage youngsters to have a good time and embrace their variations.”
Mattel consulted with specialists on the dolls with a view to precisely painting the listening to aids.
Academic audiologist Dr Jen Richardson stated she was “honoured” to work on the road.
“It’s inspiring those that expertise onerous of listening to mirrored in a doll,” she stated.
“I’m past thrilled for my younger sufferers to see and play with a doll who seems like them.”
Rosie Eggleston, participation supervisor on the Nationwide Deaf Kids’s Society, stated the charity is “delighted” the doll has come out and that it’s a “actually constructive step in direction of inclusion”.
“She is going to give all kids a a lot larger appreciation of the variety of individuals round them and supply a window into the world of deafness,” she stated.
“It is going to additionally imply loads to these deaf kids who put on listening to aids as a result of they’ll see their very own experiences mirrored in a very mainstream toy.
“This might actually assist them to be happy with their deafness, have a good time sporting listening to aids and have new alternatives to speak to their associates about what it’s actually prefer to be deaf.”
The Barbie Fashionistas line is obtainable within the UK from Thursday.