The American Doll collection is about to be two characters short. The company announced earlier this week that it will retire African-American Cecile and Asian-American Ivy. That’s two dolls of color.
— American Girl (@American_Girl) May 20, 2014
The change is part of a revamp of the company’s historical collection. “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!” says the company on its Facebook page.
We ain’t fresh, y’all. Or about “empowering girls,” the motto the company likes to stress in the video:
Seven dolls will remain, but there will only be one African-American doll: former slave Addy.