American Girl has been keeping kids entertained for decades with their beautifully-crafted dolls and the fascinating stories behind each one. From Samantha and Felicity to Josephina and Addie, the brand has always been focused on teaching kids about diversity and introducing them to different time periods, cultures, and human experiences.
And now, American Girl is continuing that tradition by releasing their first Korean-American doll, named Z Yang.
Z, according to American Girl, is short for Suzie (is that not the coolest nickname ever?). She hails from Seattle and is just the latest addition to the company’s series of contemporary characters, following the February release of American Girl’s first-ever male character doll. In a recent statement, American Girl noted that Z and the other new dolls in the series are meant to “speak to more girls interests’ backgrounds, and experiences.”
Not only does Z have a chic outfit and a super cool name to match, but she’s also got a pretty awesome hobby: She’s a stop-motion vlogger! (That’ll make her ultra-relatable to your YouTube-obsessed kid.)
Z’s collection includes several creatively-inspired outfits (seriously, do they sell those shoes in my size?) and a number of accessories that reflect her filmmaking interests; like a wooden fold-out desk and chair, video equipment, and other film accessories. She even has her own smartphone.
But aside from Z’s cool accessories, she’s got plenty of interesting stories to tell, too. Her books will encourage young girls to explore creative-yet-technical hobbies, like film and video, and prompt share their own stories with the world.
Stephanie Spanos, a spokesperson for American Girl, told People:
“We think of our dolls and books as both mirrors and windows. When girls own a doll that looks like them it provides a sense of belonging — a mirror where they can see reflected, among other things, a familiar-looking face or a unique culture.”
I couldn’t agree more — I remember personally choosing the American Girl who looked most like me when I was a child, and instantly feeling a special connection with her. Hats off to American Girl, for constantly diversifying their collection so that kids everywhere can see themselves in their favorite toy.
Mark your calendar — the Z collection will be available for purchase on April 27, and might just be your kid’s newest must-have.