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Mattel is reportedly considering same-sex couple Barbies after being contacted by a soon-to-be-married gay couple.
The couple, Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio, explained how this all came about to Good Morning America last week. “Everyone is so excited for our big day, especially my two nieces,” Jacobi said. “They have been talking about our wedding all year long and have been raised to understand and only know that love is love.”
It was the older flower girl’s eighth birthday recently, and because she is so excited about being a part of their wedding, Jacobi and Caprio wanted to get her a Barbie wedding set. “I went out to look for a meaningful birthday present. She loves Barbies, playing with her dolls, just like any other kid,” Jacobi said. “I wanted to give her something related to the wedding but also something she would enjoy.”
The couple found a wedding set that had almost everything they needed; it even had two flower girls, just like their wedding. Unfortunately, the sets were only available with a bride and a groom. Jacobi and Caprio decided to get creative. They bought the wedding set and more, mixed and matched, and put together their own gay wedding for their niece. “I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a #GayWedding set!” Jacobi wrote in his Instagram post, tagging Mattel.
A little less than a week later, Jacobi updated his Instagram to let supporters know that Mattel had gotten the message. “We are setting up a meeting to discuss more. We are meeting with their design team including the head of the @barbie design team!!” Jacobi wrote. “Let’s get a same sex wedding set made!”
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.