Popular toy maker releases first African-American doll celebrating diversity and strength

When it comes to choosing a gift for children, parents and the elderly often wonder what could be an appropriate and appropriate gift. From birthdays to New Year’s gifts, the books, toys, and games that dominate our choices often have layered issues that often go unnoticed. For example, when you decide to give your little girl a doll, the first option that comes to mind is invariably a Barbie. And the debates around the dolls are endless and cannot be ignored. From absurd body proportions to lavish makeup and of course fair skin color, there are issues that engrave incorrect ideas on the minds of young people.

Last year, in an effort to combat such stereotypes, we saw many artists who didn’t paint dolls, gave them a human touch, and tried to create a positive impact by getting them inspired. of real life icons and captions. In India, there was a doll inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But it’s always a feat when famous brands do the same.

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Famous doll maker American Girl has offered the world to celebrate 2017 with great news. The company launched its very first African American Girl of the Year doll. The popular toy maker has released the limited edition “Girl of the Year” dolls for the past 15 years, inspired by real-life heroes and icons, but they have rarely released dolls that weren’t. white.

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The new doll for 2017 is a poet and dancer named Gabriela McBride, who has used both art forms to overcome stuttering. In a press release, Gabriela is described as a “true creative talent” who uses poetry to help “break down barriers” and overcome her “personal challenge” of stuttering. The 18 inch doll has brown eyes, dark brown curly hair and is not wearing makeup.

The Gabriela collection also includes several performance-inspired outfits, accessories and a series of three books chronicling her journey, published by Scholastic and written by Teresa E. Harris. In addition, the company is also working with Scholastic to publish a curriculum, “Express Yourself,” for teaching poetry to children.

The release of the doll is also very special because for the first time the company is offering three black dolls at the same time. Along with Gabriela, there’s Melody and Addy, a civil rights-era doll depicting a former slave.

Interestingly, the brand also offers a ‘Truly Me’ collection, which allows young girls to choose from a range of skin colors to create toys they can relate to and love.

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