I'm Iranian-American, and I'd Love to See an American Girl Doll That Looks Like Me

Representation matters.

3/4/2021 12:21:00 AM

Representation matters.

American Girl has only introduced five dolls of color and none of West Asian descent. It's time for the company to represent millions of Arab-Americans.

matured, we dived into Josefina's stories, where we were introduced to her rich Mexican heritage. We questioned the stolen land we live on and learned the importance of restorative justice through Kaya's coming of age in the Nez Perce tribe. Addy's journey from slavery to navigating postemancipation life showed us how American history's inequity and racism persist and that stories are told so generations to come can learn from recorded history.

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What we did not see is the daughter of refugees, a West or Central Asian-American immigrant, or a Muslim-American girl. Although American Girl is historically a Christian brand, through Rebecca Rubin, we learn about Jewish culture — her character has a Hanukkah and Sabbath gift set. This representation is to be celebrated but also illustrates the opportunity to show more girls that their diverse cultures, faiths, and traditions are worthy of celebration.

Luciana and Rebecca's more recent debuts as diverse characters of minority backgrounds were a glimmer of hope for diversity in a world where white dolls continue to be the norm. A world where girls like me only have Jasmine's mixed, all-in-one heritage of Arab/Muslim/Central/West Asian to look up to. I know I'm just one of many West and Central Asian girls who hope that American Girl will one day hear their pleas for a doll that has a name like theirs, a face like theirs, and a story that reflects their own. A doll that comes with a headtopics.com

gift set to celebrate the Spring Equinox New Years or a doll that dons a headscarf for Eid prayer would be fitting for a brand that aims to introduce children to diverse cultures and traditions. Read more: POPSUGAR Family »

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