The Girl of the Year Line has risen to become American Girl's most lucrative, heavily promoted line of dolls. Each year, a new doll is pushed as a "representative" of the modern American girl, as a character she can learn from, relate to, and be inspired by.
But currently, I feel there is a glaring problem with this premise, because the dolls thus far released as Girls of the Year do not fairly reflect the demographics of girls in America, and therefor cannot be a representative for many of them.
To date, of the 13 Girl of the Year dolls that have been created, only 1 doll (Marisol from 2005, who is Latina) is not white, or half white. Jess from 2006 is half Japanese (mother), half white (father). Kanani from 2011 is half Japanese & Hawai'ian (father), and half white (mother).
We need another full Latina girl!
We need a full Asian girl!
We need a girl with Middle Eastern heritage!
We need a Native American girl!
WE NEED A BLACK GIRL!!!
There is variety and options in the My American Girl line and the historical BeForever line, but it is unfair and wrong to neglect these populations in the most heavily promoted line, Girl of the Year. It's necessary to show those girls that they too are important, and can be figureheads to be looked up to. That they are worth the love and adoration same as their white counterparts. These sentiments have been well expressed and echoed by other AG fans who are pushing for a doll of color. Perhaps if enough of the consumer base makes a demand, we can convince American Girl that minority dolls can have stories and adventures that are just as wonderful, beautiful, and inspiring.
Since I do not own any Girl of the Year clothes, I have used my rather amateur, shabby photoshop skills to create some images of Addy & MyAG #58 in outfits from some of the GotY collections. My goal is not to ask for a doll specifically like Addy or #58 as the next GotY, but to show American Girl and their market that dolls of color (specifically black dolls using dark colored vinyl) look equally beautiful in the outfits. Many of the stories can easily be written with a black girl as the main character (stop making minority characters sidekicks!!!) without affecting the plot in the foggiest. With AG's creative department's talent, I'm sure they can creative a lovable, inspiring doll of color. Please do your part in promoting social equality and giving all girls a chance to see they matter and can inspire.
*Note: I picked Addy & MyAG #58 to model outfits from the collections of Grace, Isabelle, Saige, McKenna, and Mia purely because I have very poor, very limited photoshop skills, and those two dolls were the easiest to edit for my skill level. I'm sure more professional editors can show us what Cecile, and other MyAG dolls of color look like in various outfits. The outfits were picked for the same reasons, ease of editing.*
Grace Thomas - 2015 GotY:
MyAG #58Isabelle Palmer - 2014 GotY:
MyAG #58Saige Copeland - 2013 GotY:
MyAG #58McKenna Brooks - 2012 GotY:
MyAG #58Mia St. Clair - 2008 GotY:
If you would like to help create more images of other current black AG dolls in GotY outfits, please let me know! ^_^ I'd be happy to add them here and credit you for the hard work.
You are welcome to share and repost these images because the more people that see them, the better. Please don't take credit for them though. :) I would be grateful if you could link back and credit this post.