American Girl’s 2022 Girl of the Year is an Asian American.
Officially introduced two days before the new year, Corinne Tan is a young girl living with her Chinese American family in Aspen, Colorado. She loves hitting the slopes, being a big sister, and training her new puppy to be a search-and-rescue dog.
Although confident and bold on the mountain, Corinne must find her balance as she adjusts to her new blended family and the courage to speak up when faced with xenophobic comments. Penned by bestselling author Wendy Wan-Long Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu), Corinne’s story explores changing family dynamics as her mom remarries after her parents’ divorce. Aside from conveying the clear message of “families change, love remains the same,” the story also explores Corinne’s Chinese heritage, tackles anti-Asian racism, and offers lessons in empathy and allyship.
Bringing Corinne and her stories to life is a beautiful 18-inch doll, featuring brown eyes and long, straight black hair with turquoise highlights. And for the first time in the history of American Girl’s Girl of the Year lineup, the doll brand also introduced a 14½-inch companion doll of Corinne’s little sister, Gwynn.
“As we celebrate the new year, we’re excited to welcome Corinne and Gwynn Tan to our popular Girl of the Year lineup with meaningful stories that reflect what it means to be an American girl today,” Jamie Cygielman, General Manager of American Girl, said in a press release. “While filled with outdoor adventure and fun, Corinne’s message is, ultimately, about the power of love—between families, friends, and communities—and the strength and courage that comes from it. We created Corinne to be a positive role model our fans can look up to and learn from as we all work toward a world where everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”
To help fans learn more about Corinne, American Girl tapped Shang and freelance illustrator Peijin Yang to create two books: Corinne and Corinne to the Rescue. “What I really hope is that there is some part of Corinne’s story that makes readers feel seen, whether it’s because they are Asian American, or because they’re part of a blended family, or because they love skiing,” Shang said. “I think when readers feel seen, they realize that they matter and their experiences matter and that they are meant to be the stars of their own stories!”
In addition to the Corinne and Gwynn dolls and books, the Corinne product collection also features a plush version of her adorable puppy, Flurry, as well as a wide assortment of outfits and accessories for skiing, ice skating, and lounging.
To further bring the sisters’ Aspen adventures to life, the collection also includes a premium Ski & Snack Shop and Ski Lodge Fire Pit, complete with flickering LED flames, as well as a stunning 35-piece bedroom set—featuring a 360-degree play structure that converts from the sisters’ ski-chalet-themed bedroom to a doll-sized ski slope.
The entire Corinne product collection is now available for purchase at americangirl.com and at all American Girl retail locations across the U.S. and at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo and Chapters locations in Canada and online at Indigo.ca.
To further support Corinne’s important message, American Girl has partnered with AAPI Youth Rising (AYR), a student-led nonprofit that’s bringing awareness to the rise in xenophobia against Asians in America and calling for positive change through education. American Girl is donating $25,000 toward AYR’s ONE/180 pledge, which asks schools and teachers across the country to include at least one classroom lesson about Asian American and Pacific Islander history and culture during the school year. Customers can also donate to AYR at americangirl.com and at American Girl retail stores nationwide until December 30th.