The new American Girl doll dreams big!

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Have you heard of the American Girl Doll? Don’t fret if you haven’t – just read on!

What are American Girl dolls?

American Girl is an incredibly popular line of dolls created in 1986 by Pleasant Company.  The dolls depict eight to eleven-year-old girls from different countries, with a wide variety of physical features, clothes, and other accessories.

If you ever have the chance to go to an American Girl store, please, please make sure that you are well-fed and have enough energy to explore! What an experience! You can pick from a number of American Girl dolls, or you can custom design one yourself, to look however you would like! You can choose even hair, eyes and skin colour! Every doll comes with a book that tells a story about her life. The American Girl Doll of the Year debuts each year on New Year’s Day. These are special dolls who represent modern day issues.

Who created American Girl dolls? 

Pleasant Rowland wanted to buy a present for her nieces. She went out looking for interesting dolls for them. She searched high and low but was only able to find either Barbie or big, soft, Cabbage Patch kinds of dolls. This didn’t sit well with her as she wanted to get them a doll that represented all the different women of today – beauty queens, but also girls who come from different backgrounds and dream of succeeding in other areas. Unable to find a doll for her nieces, Pleasant Rowland decided to design some of her own, and was inspired to create dolls who were girls growing up in different periods of American history. Each girl had her own story!

Rowland started this company in 1986. She built it into a business that reported $300 million in sales. This means that they were selling dolls worth $300 million per year. She then sold it to a large toy company called Mattel for $700 million, in 1998!

Who is the American Girl doll 2018?

This year’s doll of the year is Luciana Vega. She is an 11-year-old Chilean-American girl who dreams of being the first person to walk on Mars.

Luciana is the first American Girl character created to encourage an interest for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She is strong, independent, adventurous, and open-minded.

Luciana’s story was created with modern girls between ages 6 and 12 in mind, or as NASA likes to call them the “Mars Generation.”

Why are we discussing women in space?

Women have been making huge contributions to the STEM fields for a long time, but they have not been encouraged to participate in these technical fields. These kinds of toys are made to encourage young girls from all parts of the world to dare to dream about growing up and becoming astronauts and scientists.

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