- Katy DicksonPresident of American Girl Brands, LLC
Help American Girl understand why limb difference dolls are so important
My daughter, Jordan, started asking me why her dolls don't look just like her when she was four years old. We had just purchased her first Bitty Baby from Chicago's American Girl Store. She had a matching outfit. They had the same hair color.
The problem? Jordan was born with one hand and she has always wanted one of her American Girl dolls to look just like her. For now, that is not possible. Limb difference parents from across the country have requested the consideration for a custom limb-different doll. Each time, the company replies with a "no."
I applaud American Girl for releasing a diabetes kit as an accessory in 2016. I would love to see the company continue to expand ways to help more girls feel like they really have a "Truly Me" doll.
- President of American Girl Brands, LLC
Limb difference dolls are so important to kids. We think it is wonderful to see American Girl expanding products to help more kids feel your dolls are "Truly Me."
We would like you to explore the option of offering a limb difference doll. Yes, kids born with limb difference come in many shapes and sizes, but please consider an up-sell option so more kids can really connect with your beautiful dolls.
Children with and without limb difference deserve to see mass produced dolls with differences. This option would take limb differences into the mainstream. It would confirm what we already know: A limb difference is worth celebrating!
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