13 Facts About American Girl


American Girl is an American line of 18-inch dolls released on May 5,1986, by Pleasant Company.

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American Girl has been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award eight times, and was inducted in the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2021.

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In July 2012, American Girl released a direct-to-video movie, McKenna Shoots for the Stars.

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In May 2014, Mattel American Girl opened new stores in Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada in partnership with Indigo Books and Music.

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American Girl has expressed interest in other overseas ventures, as they are seeing orders from Europe and Latin America.

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American Girl launched Innerstar University, an online virtual world featuring the My American Girl contemporary doll line, on July 13,2010.

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American Girl has donated "almost $500,000" over several years to national non-profit homeless housing group HomeAid.

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American Girl later went on with releasing their first African-American Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride, who is portrayed as a dancer, artist, and poet.

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American Girl worked with a Nez Perce advisory board in the creation of Kaya, and according to senior designer manager Heather Northrop Kaya's face sculpt was made specifically for her according to the Nimiipuu's people's beliefs that baring teeth is considered to be aggressive.

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American Girl contacted Nicholson after reading her book Pearl Harbor Child: A Child's View of Pearl Harbor from Attack to Peace, and invited her to their advisory panel to help develop Nanea's story.

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Nanea's character is Hawaiian on her mother's side and European on her father's side, so American Girl consulted with Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson, a woman with the same heritage, as part of an effort to tell more inclusive and authentic stories.

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American Girl attracted considerable criticism in February 2017 when they announced that they will be changing the dolls' bodies to incorporate permanently stitched panties on contemporary dolls and certain BeForever character dolls, namely Maryellen, Melody and Julie.

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At the release of Z Yang, American Girl hosted meetups at their New York City flagship store and their Dallas location.

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