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American Girl names Asian Am “Girl of the Year” for 2nd straight year

For the first time, American Girl named a South Asian doll its Doll of the Year.

Good Morning America reported the honor this year goes to Kavi Sharma. She grew up in New Jersey in a tight-knit Indian American family and dreams of becoming a performer.

According to ABC, American Doll worked with bestselling author Varsha Bajaj to ensure Sharma’s story is rooted in authentic cultural practices and history.

Today’s announcement comes one year after American Doll named its first Asian American Doll of the Year. Corrine Tan is a Chinese American doll from Aspen, Colorado who loves skiing, being a big sister and playing with her puppy.

Kavi is available for sale online today and at retail locations on January 1. A book based on her story, It’s Showtime, Kavi, will be released in March.

“Kavi’s story is important to all the young readers who will see parts of their lives represented. I took immense delight in showcasing slivers of Indian culture, including dance, yoga traditions, food, clothing, and magical festivals like Diwali and Holi,” Bajaj said in a statement shared in a press release.

Kavi hopes to help children find “a healthy rhythm in life,” and to find balance between family and school in the pursuit of their talents and dreams.

“As we ring in a new year, we’re excited to have Kavi Sharma take center stage in our popular Girl of the Year lineup,” said Jamie Cygielman, the general manager of American Girl, in a press release. “Just like all our beloved characters, Kavi’s culturally relevant and aspirational stories help inspire kids to shine bright in their own way and be proud of who they are.”

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