A Twitter user sparked an online conversation Monday about Barbie’s relationship with another doll mistakenly mistaken for the icon’s girlfriend after she came across an image of the two dolls wearing ‘love wins’ t-shirts. “.
The image was accompanied by an article from 2017 claiming that Barbie finally has a girlfriend. Although it has since been confirmed that Barbie does not have a girlfriend, but she is an LGBTQ + ally.
Mattel modeled the other doll after fashion designer Aimee Song who created ‘love wins’ shirts and raised money for Trevor Project’s efforts to help LGBTQ + youth in 2017, such as Yahoo! clarified.
The official Barbie The Instagram account posted the original photo during Pride Month in 2017. The the caption reads, Proud to wear this “Love Wins” shirt with @songofstyle! Did you know that his exclusive t-shirts benefit different causes and non-profit organizations? Such an inspiring initiative and a few fabulous days that I spent with Aimee, she’s a doll! ?? #barbie #barbiestyle“
Although Barbie has not been confirmed to be gay and more of an ally, Mattel released gender-neutral dolls in 2019. Christmas tree, it was not made for them, ”said Monica Dreger, knowledge manager of consumers at Mattel in 2019, via Time magazine. “This is the first doll you can find under the tree and see is for them because it can be for anyone.”