American Girl announces first South Asian ‘Girl of the Year’
American Girl’s latest “Girl of the Year” is a spunky Broadway-loving dancer and singer — and also the line’s first-ever South Asian main character.
Kavika Sharma, Kavi for short, was unveiled Thursday as American Girl’s 2023 “Girl of the Year.” Unlike other American Girl dolls, “Girl of the Year” dolls are based on modern characters with contemporary stories, rather than those based in American history.
“I think South Asian girls and women of all ages will feel seen, included, and represented,” said Bajaj in a statement. “Little girls will embrace her with joy, while older women may see her as a gift to their younger selves. I hope that all kids will embrace Kavi as a friend and love her story.”
Kavi Sharma lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, and her family practices Hinduism. Credit: American Girl
In a nod to its newest character, American Girl said it will donate $25,000 to fund full and partial scholarships for kids, ages 7 to 14, participating in Camp Broadway’s summer programs in New York.
The Kavi Sharma doll, plus the book, retails for $115, with other accessories also available for purchase.