The American Girl "Girl of the Year" doll is here and is making company history again. South Asian dolls have never held the New Year spotlight.
The limited edition, annual releases of American Girl dolls have acted as a modern line of dolls intended to embody the current special interests, social issues, and identities of children. Last year, the company's first-ever Asian American Girl of the Year, and the launch of a Harlem Renaissance-era doll that honors the period's expansive contributions to art and culture, were also unveiled.
"Kavi joins the company's long line of contemporary characters, introduced more than 20 years ago, that represent a wide range of background to reflect what it means to be an American girl today." Young readers will learn to find a healthy rhythm in life and feel inspired to pursue their own unique talents and reach for their dreams.
Kavi is particularly interested in the world of Broadway. Kavi, the hardback children's novel accompanying the doll's release, is going to New York City to see her first main stage show to celebrate her twelfth birthday.
Her story was written by Varsha Bajaj, best known for her novels Thirst, Count Me In, and Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood. Kei's story is important to all the young readers who will see parts of their lives. I was thrilled to see how Indian culture was showcased, including dance, yoga traditions, food, clothing, and magical festivals like Diwali and Holi.
Kavi loves both musical theater and her pup. Credit: American Girl
Kavi also celebrates her Indian heritage in a variety of ways. Credit: American Girl
Since its initial American history focused launch in 1986, American Girl has made an effort to expand its offering of representative dolls The company unveiled Z, a Korean American doll that was part of the American Girl line of dolls, as well as the 2021 Girl of the Year Corrine Tan.
A young Black activist navigating her passions and the stigma associated with having a stutter was the girl of the year. The first girl of the year with hearing loss was unveiled by American Girl.
The company released a new entry in its "A Smart Girl's Guide" series called Race & Inclusion: Standing Up to Racism and Building a Better World in June 2021.
The doll company has a do-good initiative. The company is donating $25,000 to NYC-based nonprofit Camp Broadway, which will fund full and partial scholarships for kids ages 7 to 14 who attend the camp in New York City. Young people interested in performing arts, entertainment, and culture can get help from the nonprofit.
Online and in retail stores, Kavi will be available on New Year's Day. To purchase the new doll, please visit the American Girl website.