American Girl’s Street Chic doll collection has been a big hit ever since the three dolls with colorful hair, outfits and accessories were launched in 2021, but did you know there was supposed to be a fourth doll in the line? I didn’t!
Instagram user @giaandrusmom shared a never before seen image of Truly Me #93 along with a caption with several details:
“Top Secret! This is TM 93. She was supposed to be part of the Street Chic line, but was dropped. She was supposed to have the Jess mold, blue eyes, freckles, and wavy blonde hair with purple and blue streaks. I’m really surprised she was pulled, but maybe we’ll see her in the future!”
Side note: I find it really interesting that the text in this photo (obviously from American Girl) describes the doll as having the Jess mold, but on the Create Your Own website, they name the molds based on the shape, like “heart shaped”. Maybe they thought using names like “Addy mold” and “Jess mold” would be more confusing to consumers? I’m not sure.
The opinions on Truly Me #93 have been mixed. Some people are huge fans of the unreleased doll. Comments like “She’s so pretty. They should have made her!” and “I would have bought her in a heartbeat” can be found under @giaandrusmom’s post. However, others are not as excited.
One of my favorite accounts, @alexandradperreault, clearly shared why she was glad Truly Me #93 was dropped from the Street Chic line:
“…Some have said that perhaps this doll meant to represent a White person. If so, why use the Jess mold, again, when that was the ONLY mold East Asian people had to represent themselves. Why not use a Classic mold or Joss mold or even bring back the Marie-Grace mold? Why take the little East Asians have in representation and whitewash it?”
I recommend you head to her Instagram page and read the whole caption for yourself. It’s a great read and very insightful.
While I do think #93 is pretty, I personally agree with @alexandradperreault and think it was a smart move to drop Truly Me #93 from the Street Chic line. American Girl has never had an Asian historical character besides Ivy (and she was a best friend with only a few outfits) and up until 2022, we have only had a couple Asian Girl of the Years and several Truly Me dolls. Corinne is a step in the right direction, but I hope American Girl continues to tell more Asian stories in the future. They are a different perspective than the ones we’re used to hearing, but equally as valid.
It’s important to celebrate our differences instead of encouraging everyone to fit the same beauty standards. Not everyone is going to look the same. We all come from different backgrounds, people groups, cultures, etc., and that’s a beautiful thing that should be celebrated, authentically.
What are your thoughts on Truly Me #93? Leave a comment below and let me know!