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As my girls start to get older, it’s interesting to take a look at the toy aisles to see what piques their interest in terms of the world around us. Addie (almost five) has started asking questions about other cultures and ethnicities, and while there’s a few things here and there, with certain characters dropped into established brands, I hadn’t really seen a toy line that is blatantly seeking to educate kids about other cultures outside the U.S.

Now comes Global Girl, a new collection of 21″ Fashion Dolls and Companion Books, each representing one of six countries…

“We believe the most natural way to promote and teach a global perspective is to pique our children’s natural curiosity in the world around them via play and reading. The Global Girl doll brand provides a unique experience that will foster a deeper appreciation and understanding of different cultures and traditions that will better prepare children for the future. Children are primed with a sense of wonder and endless possibility that should be nurtured through thoughtful toys.”Kimberly Briner Conrad, Brand Marketing and Development Consultant, Global Girl.

Now, looking at these dolls and books, it’s hard to miss the model that Global Girl appears to be following, but where there’s a difference is in the dolls themselves – proprietary, each with it’s own face mold, designed to represent an 8-10-year-old girl from each country. Additionally, Global Girl states that “the interior of each doll is constructed with a soft body and specially designed framework, allowing each Global Girl doll to sit up, stand up on its own and pose in hundreds of positions. The arms, legs and breastplate are individual sculpts, making the dolls incredibly detailed and life-like. Each Global Girl doll comes with pierced ears and beautiful earrings and is dressed in fashion-forward, on-trend ensembles to capture the passion for fashion their future owners share.”

Global GirlThe First Wave of 21-inch Global Girl dolls includes: 
  • Vivienne from France 
  • Amahle from South Africa 
  • Tiffany from the United States 
  • Marcela from Argentina 
  • Tatiana from Russia 
  • Mei Ling from China

The dolls and books go on-sale today via the Global Girl Website.

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