2022 is a big year for Barbie, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the release of the Barbie Dreamhouse. To commemorate the occasion, the iconic doll is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to complete 60 projects throughout the calendar year. This will include home preservation, new construction and neighborhood revitalization, all of which will be for families who need better, safer and more affordable housing.
“The only thing as iconic as Barbie is her Dreamhouse, a spectacular home that lets kids immerse themselves in Barbie’s world and gives them space to dream,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and global head. of Barbie and dolls at Mattel—in a statement. “Through our collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, we are marking 60 years of our Dreamhouse by supporting families around the world, giving their dreams a home.”
The first Barbie Dreamhouse was created in 1962, before women could legally open their own bank account. Today, the famous mansion is the #1 item in the American doll category.
Throughout 2022, Barbie will fund projects in Brazil, Canada and Poland, among others. She will also help a local South Los Angeles family by helping to create a new home for them. Other projects will include home repairs, construction of playhouses and contributions to Habitat’s Women Build program. Additionally, Mattel employees will have the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) on builds taking place throughout 2022, including new housing to be built in Los Angeles, close to Mattel’s global headquarters.
“At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a safe and decent place to call home makes a difference in the lives of families,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and foundation relations at Habitat for Humanity International, in a press release. “Home provides a place for children to play and grow, and a place for families to thrive. We are thrilled to partner with Mattel to help families around the world make their dreams of home a reality. “
Last year, Barbie partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to celebrate the all-new barbie dream house—taking inspiration from the iconic doll style when designing a family home in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Designer and do-it-yourself duo Kate Albrecht and Joey Zehr (known as Mr Kate) played a role in the project, arrange the room now shared by two young Barbie fans. The Mattel Children’s Foundation and Barbie also donated 100 Dreamhouse games to families in the Habitat LA network.
Naturally, this isn’t Barbie’s first venture into the world of design – she’s also the star of a Wallshoppe wallpaper released in 2021. We can’t wait to see what she does next!
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