Thursday, February 23, 2017

American Girl adds more diversity to its lineup of dolls


WHAT'S UNUSUAL about the picture above? If you look closely, you’ll notice Logan, American Girl’s first boy doll.

Logan has joined the new Tenney’s series led by Tenney Grant, a Nashville rising star. She’ll be joined by Logan Everett, an 18-inch doll with short brown hair, gray eyes, and an original outfit, as well as his very own rhythmic drum set.

Also joining the set of dolls will be a Pacific Islander doll and a Korean/American doll.

Look closer at the picture and you’ll notice Nanea, a Hawaiian. Nanea is a historical doll who lives in Hawaii during World War II.

Nanea’s stories teach the value of kokua ― a Hawaiian word that represents selflessness and helping others. She’ll be in stores this fall.

Also joining the line up is Z. Yang, a Korean/American doll who’s a filmmaker. Love that she’s Korean and love even more that’s she’s an Asian/American doll in a non-traditional career.

Super-fans of American Girl will recognize Z Yang, as the star of American Girl’s YouTube series #AGZCREW, which has been running since 2015.

She uses her “creativity to connect with others,” the American Girl website says, “and her stories remind girls that everyone has a unique perspective to share ― even if it’s not perfect.” Z will be available in stores this Spring.

“We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents, and the one thing we’ve heard loud and clear is a desire for more – specifically more characters and stories from today,” said Julie Parks in a statement to

The dolls aren’t cheap. They sell for $115 each.