(CNN)Barbie’s new looks could help fight the stigma around physical disabilities.
In June, Barbie will debut a doll with a prosthetic leg and another that comes with a wheelchair.
The new dolls are part of Mattel’s 2019 Barbie Fashionistas line, which aims to offer kids more diverse representations of beauty.
“As a brand, we can elevate the conversation around physical disabilities by including them into our fashion doll line to further showcase a multi-dimensional view of beauty and fashion,” Mattel said in a statement.
The story behind the popular Clark’s Botanicals skincare line is one of resilience and survival. Entrepreneur Francesco Clark started the beauty line as a kitchen sink operation, and now it’s used by stars like Madonna, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. But six years before he created the celebrated brand, Clark survived a devastating accident that changed the course of his life forever.
“Thirty seconds before, I was very proud and I felt accomplished. Thirty seconds after, I felt like the biggest failure in the world,” Clark told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King.
At only 24 years old, Francesco Clark’s life changed in an instant.
In 2010, one day before she was supposed to start cosmetology school, Steph Aiello was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down with limited ability to move her hands and one of her closest friends dead. She would spend the next several months in rehab, gaining sensation in half of her back, but battling major anxiety and depression. A few months later, she found herself in another accident when a drunk driver crashed into the car her family was in, just one block from the hospital. Aiello was also diagnosed with cancer shortly after. And yet, in the face of such adversity, Aiello’s courage and resilience not only helped her beat cancer and become stronger, it also motivated her to pursue her love of makeup.
A Polish organization had held the first international edition of a beauty pageant for women in wheelchairs in an effort to change people’s perceptions about people with disabilities.
Rarely are the phrases ‘beauty tutorial’ and ‘inspirational tour de force’ used in the same sentence, though the vlogger Steph Aiello may be a unique exception. Left paralyzed from the waist down and with limited use of her hands and wrists after a car accident, Aiello has found a renewed sense of purpose through her passion for makeup and vlogging — and she’s building a burgeoning social presence in the process.
Aiello, now 26, fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the desert back in 2010 on a car trip from Las Vegas to California, the Daily Mail reports. A friend riding with her at the time did not survive the accident. Aiello, who was supposed to begin cosmetology school the very next day, spent months in the hospital in recovery.