American Girl is discontinuing two of their dolls of color. The first is Asian American Ivy, and the second is African American Cécile.
The company announced the news on social media. “Say farewell to these cherished characters,” reads a post on their Twitter account. “They move into the American Girl archives this fall.”
— American Girl (@American_Girl) May 20, 2014
Now, the only option for little Blacks is former slave Addy Walker. According to her accompanying books, she escaped from slavery in search for her father and brother during the Civil War era. When the famous doll company introduced Cécile Rey in 2011, she was praised “as an alternative for parents who found that educational narrative a bit heavy for playtime, or who simply want to provide their children with a broader picture of the black experience in America.” Cécile is described as “a bold, confident girl from a well-to-do African-American family.”
Jezebel reports that the change is part of a bigger revamp of the company’s historical collection. According to the official announcement, “This fall, the rest of the historical characters become BeForever, a fresh approach to these American Girl favorites that we’ll reveal in the coming months!”
More details about “BeForever” have yet to be revealed, but check out this trailer and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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