There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the release of the next Girl of the Year 2017 Gabriela McBride, ever since we've been able to confirm with the leak of her first book cover she will be the first black character in in the GOTY line! Today, we're excited to share these photos which show a doll who could potentially be Gabriela, and at the very least, is definitely wearing her meet outfit. ^_^ Thank you so much to Michelle who shared with us these leaked photos from a listing she found on TaoBao!
*I cannot stress this enough: Nothing is 100% certain until American Girl officially releases her. Grey market sellers often have dolls with certain "factory defects" so the final version can look different.*
Link to Master List of Leaked AG Releases:
Link to Girl of the Year 2017 Gabriela Information Page:
Leaked Photos of GOTY 2017 Gabriela McBride:
Dark vinyl, Sonali mold, brown pinwheel eyes, curly textured brown hair, right side part, length down to midback.
Meet outfit looks like a a teal tank top with a purple cropped shirt with dream graphic. Navy leggings/pants, with purple flats. The teal and purple tops match the ones seen on the leaked cover of her first book.
*Note: This meet outfit may be incomplete or different from the final version.*
Close up of face
Arm showing dark vinyl coloring
Shoes and pants bottoms
Potential Alterations to Final Doll:
So I wanted to just make a note about these leaked images. Ever since they first leaked, there have been questions about whether or not if this really is Gabriela. I honestly don't know but here are my thoughts both in support and against her being the actual doll.
Support for - This doll does match up to all the rumors we've been hearing all year regarding how Gabriela will look, mainly that she will be the same doll as the modern Truly Me #46 doll. (TM #46 was retired earlier this year with a cryptic message from American Girl on their Facebook page saying they have "big plans" for her.)
(Comparison of leaked Gabriela and stock photo of Truly Me #46.)
Support against - The leaked cover of Gabriela's first book, as well as the silhouette image American Girl has been posting at their stores, shows the doll with her hair tied up, while the leaked doll has her hair down. This could also be just a case of the grey market seller letting down her hair, but that is a discrepancy I wanted to point out. Another point to mention is it seems like from the book cover illustration that Gabriela will have a left sided hair part, while the doll in the photos and Truly Me #46 have right sided hair parts. As well are all aware, American Girl is notorious for their book illustrations not matching up with the doll, so take this as you will. :D
Side by side of the book cover illustration and silhouette showing hair tied up, and what looks like left sided part.