Rose Ayling-Ellis unveils the first Barbie doll with hearing aids

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Barbie has released new dolls in its extensive Fashionista line, including one with behind-the-ear hearing aids like Rose Ayling-Ellis (Image: Mattel)

Strictly Come Dancing star Rose Ayling-Ellis has teamed up with Barbie to introduce her first doll with behind-the-ear hearing aids.

The EastEnders actress, who won the dance competition in 2021, is part of the Rose, Barbie & Friends campaign.

She is photographed alongside a variety of models representing the new line of dolls, including the first Ken doll with vitiligo, a Barbie with a prosthetic limb and another in a wheelchair.

Rose, who has been deaf since birth, said: “It’s so important that children can see themselves represented in the toys they play with.

“When I was little, I put hearing aids on my Barbie dolls to make them look like me. That’s why I’m thrilled that Mattel is releasing more dolls that encourage children to celebrate and embrace their differences.”

Rose’s Barbie, who sports a high brunette ponytail and wears a floral mini dress and chunky pink boots, also has pink hearing aids, of course.

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Rose Ayling-Ellis poses with the first-ever Barbie doll with hearing aids

Barbie was inspired by Rose (including her ponytail!) (Image: Mattel/Simon Webb)

Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis & models James with Vitiligo, Faisha with a prosthetic leg & Renee who is paraplegic pose with new inclusive Barbie dolls that reflect their differences

Rose and models James, who has vitiligo, Faisha, who has a prosthetic leg, and Renee, who is paraplegic, pose with new inclusive Barbie dolls that reflect their differences (Image: Mattel/Simon Webb)

Rose Ayling-Ellis poses with the first-ever Barbie doll with hearing aids

The actress and activist said she was “thrilled” to see that manufacturer Mattel is encouraging children to “celebrate their differences” (Image: Mattel/Simon Webb)

Mattel consulted with experts on the dolls to accurately represent the hearing aids.

The educational audiologist Dr. Jen Richardson said she was honored to work on the line.

“It inspires those who suffer from hearing loss and it reflects in a doll,” she said.

“I’m so excited that my young patients can see and play with a doll that looks like them.”

Since joining the EastEnders cast in 2020, Rose has broken down barriers between the hearing and the deaf and achieved many ‘firsts’.

She was the first deaf character to use British Sign Language (BSL) in Albert Square, as well as the first deaf contestant to appear on Strictly.

Her touching silent routine with partner Giovanni Pernice also won the 2022 Bafta award for Must-See Moment of the Year.

Model & student James poses with first-ever Ken doll with Vitiligo

Model James with the first Ken doll with Vitiligo, a Long-term condition that causes pale white patches to form on the skin (Image: Mattel/Simon Webb)

She was also the first celebrity to use BSL to read a CBeebies bedtime story.

The latest additions to the Barbie Fashionistas line, in which the Barbie brand offers its greatest diversity and inclusion, are available in the UK from Thursday.

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