After cancer hit, women lobbied for a bald Barbie

FILE - In this file photo taken Feb, 13, 2009, the Golden anniversary Barbie, left, is shown with a Generation of Dreams Barbie, on display by Mattel at the Javits Center in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

January 11, 2012 1:12:45 PM PST
Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a Nascar driver, and a news anchor.

Now, there's an online movement to get her to attempt what could be her biggest feat yet: going bald to fight cancer.

A Facebook page titled "Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made" was started a few days before Christmas. By Wednesday afternoon, the page had more than 15,000 fans. The goal is to get toy maker Mattel Inc. to create a bald Barbie in support of children with cancer.

Friends Rebecca Sypin and Jane Bingham, who live on opposite coasts but have both been affected by the disease, hatched the idea for the social media movement because Barbie is an influential children's toy.