“It’s a major step in the toy industry and in my life. It made me feel proud of who I was.”
James Stewart is among those celebrating the new Barbie dolls that are being released today.
Mattel, the company that makes them, has released a range of more diverse dolls.
For the first time, Barbie is seen with a hearing aid, a prosthetic limb and a wheelchair, while a Ken doll has the skin condition vitiligo.
James, who has the skin condition, says it “felt quite surreal” to hold. More
International Youth Day is on 12 August and with that in mind we have chosen Meghan Willis as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Meghan, at 14 years old, is the youngest member of Wales’ para swimming squad for this year’s Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham.
Meghan will race the SM10 200 metre individual medley for swimmers with upper limb deficiencies and has risen rapidly in the last year, qualifying as one of the top eight swimmers in the Commonwealth in her event.
She helps other young people with upper limb deficiencies through her work with the charity Reach and is determined to inspire others to become active through sport and live their lives without limits.
She is also a young water safety ambassador for the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) promoting ability over disability.
To find out more about Reach see here
To find out more about Para Swimming and the Commonwealth Games see here