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Helen Flanagan has spoken out about the lack of diverse dolls after a disappointing shopping trip. She explained that she failed to buy her daughter a doll that looked like her because most of the available ones were blonde with blue eyes.


The mum shared that she was picking up a few things for her hospital bag when she thought of buying a doll for her daughter Matilda.


“I wanted to get Matilda a little toy off her baby sister so thought I’d get her a barbie to pop in my bag,” she said.



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She posted a photo of one particular doll from a local shop and admitted that she was disheartened to see no other races represented.


"Every time I’ve gone shopping to buy my little girl a Barbie it’s always a struggle to find a Barbie with darker hair and darker skin tones in the shops,” she wrote.

“I know that’s what Barbie is originally but it’s 2018 and I think there should be way more different ethnicity barbies on the shelves in the big fancy pink ball gowns,” she added.



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She believes that more dolls of different ethnicities should be available for little girls.


“It might sound like I’m thinking too much about it, but as a mum, I feel like I’m responsible for her outlook when she’s so young.”


Helen explained that she wants her daughter to be confident: “I don’t want to buy her a doll that looks nothing like her and for her to think it’s the bee's knees and not appreciate how beautiful she is.”



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She asked: “Do other mums of daughters wish there was more choice of different ethnicities of barbies on the shelves?”


Do you agree with Helen?



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