I've never totally gotten the whole American Girl Doll craze. Until tonight. Nana sent two to my daughters and they arrived about an hour ago. The girls have been playing with them nonstop when my oldest just exclaimed (these are her exact words): "I love my American Girl Doll! She's SO BEAUTIFUL! She looks JUST LIKE ME!" My Maggie has expressed some body image issues in the past so to hear her say this really caught my attention.
I don't know if confidence-building was part of American Girl Doll's original plan. But the idea of girls choosing a doll that resembles them and who they are, as in, choosing to see the way they look and who they are as beautiful, is just genius. Call me an instant fan!!