That’s it. It has never occurred to me to get one for my daughter.
Last year we were invited to the American Girl Doll store in Tyson’s Corner (the flagship DC store) for the launch of their Wellie Wishers dolls. Lucía was in heaven. I mean, she wanted it all. The place was amazing and ignited and invited creative play. What child doesn’t love that!
It was then that I realized that these dolls are made with intention — they each have a backstory, hobbies, talents, skills and they serve to encourage girls.
Who wouldn’t want a doll that looks like them? Or one with a similar cultural background? I’ve been waiting my entire life for a Chilean-American girl — only I didn’t know it.
This past week, American Girl announced that its 2018 doll is an 11 year old Chilean-American girl named Luciana Vega who hopes to become the first person to go to mars. She is into science, technology and math (STEM) and is NASA approved. The American Girl doll team worked closely with NASA to create her story and with a Chilean team to culturally understand her —- wow, wow, wow!
And now, I WANT ONE for MYSELF! For my daughters.
She is ME. I am HER.
I am super excited — as a Chilean-American or chilena gringa, this is MEGA AMAZING.
Not only does she represent the future of this country, but encourages girls to SHOOT FOR THE STARS (or mars!) especially now in politically turbulent times (I don’t see this as a coincidence) where the confidence of many, especially latina girls have been shaken. I now realize how American Girl dolls represent girl power.
Yes, the dolls come with a hefty price tag ($115 and up) but Luciana is special. She represents so much more than a pretty doll. I’m going to start saving those pennies because Luciana needs to be part of our lives — my Chilean American daughters need to know her and so do other latina girls looking towards that bright future.
What are your thoughts on the new American Girl doll?