Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beautiful and Bald Barbie



You've heard it on national news,

local news, yahoo's top story
and facebook, the beautiful and bald Barbie!

My photographer and
small cancer group friend Jane Bingham
is the founder of the facebook page called
Beautiful and Bald Barbie. I have known Jane
for several of many years now. And it's no surprise

to me that Jane has made it this far with
this movement! Jane is a very passionate,
like myself, when it comes to helping
others. All I can say is how proud I am of her
and proud to call her my friend!

To let you in alittle closer
of just who Jane is,  I am
including a self portrait of her prior to chemo
and after chemo!





I also had the honor of doing an interview
with Jane about the Beautiful and Bald Barbie:


Okay Jane take me back to the day all this started?

I wanted to make a difference in the lives of those women and children who live with hair loss, are ashamed and embarrassed to be seen in public without their hair. Help them become accepted, children less teased and all less started at. To reduce the stigma for women and children with baldness. To bring awareness to childhood cancer and the need for less toxic treatments and cures, to bring awareness to alopecia and Trichotillomania and the effects conditions like these have on the who have them and how we can help change that.


Have you ever been on TV before this?

Nope, never been on TV before this and had no aspirations to be on TV.


How does it feel that you have connected so many people with such a common ground?

The word "amazing" is over used these days but it truly has been amazing. The community bonding that been built through this movement has been nothing short of wonderful.


Has it been somewhat a roll coaster from week one to week now?

It has been a roller coaster ride but very little dips...it has almost all been a thrilling ride up.


What are somethings you are doing to help this movement along?

We have been successful in getting the attention of two major toys companies. MGA which makes Bratz and Moxie dolls is making a bald line called True Hope that will be for sale at ToysRUs starting in June with a portion of proceeds going to City of Hope Hospital.

Mattel has made the decision to make a limited production of a bald friend of Barbie that will be donated to and distributed by the children's hospitals and The National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

I want these dolls available to everyone around the world who wants one. I am petitioning Mattel to sell them to the public as well as their donated ones.


How has it affected your daily home life?

Yes, This has become a full time job. My days consist of media interviews, working on the Facebook pages, corresponding with the toy companies, beginning our branch off organization called The Beautiful and Bald Movement which provides "decorating domes" packages. These are packages for children and women who are living with hair loss to help them celebrate themselves, build their self confidence, have fun with their bald heads and know that people care about and love them just as they are.


Would you do it over again?

Absolutely!


What's the one point you really want others to gain from this?

That your self worth is not dependent on your hair...and further...your self worth is not dependent on your height, your skin color, the brand of clothes you wear...your self worth is dependent upon how YOU look at YOU, who you are on the inside will shine on the outside.
How can others continue to help?

Sign the petition to get the Mattel dolls on shelves to be sold to everyone. Purchase the True Hope line of dolls at ToysRUs. Join the The Beautiful and Bald Movement...donate supplies for packages, send notes to add to our packages, donate monetarily to help cover shipping costs of packages and supplies.


Perfect Jane, I really enjoyed hearing your
outlook from this point of view regarding my questions
about the Beautiful and Bald Barbie movement!
Thank you!

Why sign a petition!?

This is the update on the Beautiful and Bald Barbie
Mattle made an announcement on March, 27 2012
that they were making the bald Barbie but they would
not be available for public sales,-retail,
rather they would be available for
donations direct to the children:

Play is vital for children, especially during difficult times. We are pleased to share with our community that next year we will be producing a fashion doll, that will be a friend of Barbie, which will include wigs, hats, scarves and other ...fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed. We will work with our longstanding partner, the Children’s Hospital Association, to donate and distribute the dolls exclusively to children’s hospitals directly reaching girls who are most affected by hair loss. A limited number of dolls and monetary donations will also be made to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

Through a thoughtful approach, we made the decision not to sell these dolls at retail stores, but rather get the dolls directly into the hands of children who can most benefit from the unique play experience, demonstrating Mattel’s ongoing commitment to encourage play as a respite for children in the hospital and to bring joy to children who need it most. We appreciate the conversation around this issue, and are interested to hear what you think!


So Jane is setting out now
to get them made for retail sales!
Here's the link once more for the petition
to help get this done,

Sign the petition to get the Mattel dolls on shelves

Here's my spin on all this, I created my version
of bald dolls, bald art! They are made on cardboard
pieces I've collected over time. I also used
acrylic paints, pencil pastels,
watercolors, paint pens, burlap,
book pages, and so much more
from my art studio! Let me know
what you think!



 " i heart bald "
8x10 $20

 " she walks all  her roads in beauty "
5x10 $15


" she is beautifully bald "
 10x12 $25

stand is additional
-each one may vary in looks-
$15

these can easily be prop ups
or I can place a twine hanger
on the back for you


above is the backs
of the bald art
These are the only sizes available
at this time. 


A portions of proceeds will be
donated to a cancer
foundation of choice!
Thanks Jane for encouraging my
bald art dolls!



Have you heard of the beautiful and bald Barbie?
Are you on their facebook page?
Have you signed the petition?

Please share some love by commenting below, thanks!
I know Jane will love to see what other's have to say!

You can contact me at ashleysartcloset@yahoo.com
to make plans of purchasing one of my bald art dolls!

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