American Girl’s 2023 Girl of the Year is Kawi, the first South Asian doll to receive the honor

According to the brand’s announcement, Kavi (pronounced KUH-vee, or simply Kavika) is an American Indian girl who loves to perform, whether it’s learning the latest dance moves or singing a show repertoire. An 11-year-old theater buff who lives with her Hindu family in New Jersey — just one train ride away from Broadway — plans to see her first show on her upcoming 12th birthday — ” evil”. During this time, she has been juggling her passions with off-stage responsibilities, including schoolwork, family and friendships.
Kavi’s adventures will be shared in the illustrated paperback diary that accompanies the doll and in the hardcover novel Showtime, Kavi, which will first launch in March 2023. Written by New York Times bestselling author Varsha Bajaj, her story showcases elements of Indian culture, including dance, yoga, food and celebrations such as Holi and Diwali. The American Girls team also consulted with a team of consultants to ensure accuracy and authenticity in respecting India and Hindu heritage. In a press statement, American Girls general manager Jamie Cygielman shared, “Kavi’s culturally relevant and inspiring stories help inspire kids to shine in their own Be, Be proud of who they are.”
“It was an honor to help bring American Girl’s first-ever South Asian Girl of the Year role to life,” said Badger, who wrote Kawi’s story. “This is an opportunity to invite readers into my world, and I am more than happy to share Kawi’s story with fans, including her love of acting and all the respect her family has for Indian heritage. I hope Kawi’s story can be both Being a mirror through which girls see themselves clearly opens a welcome window for girls who may not be familiar with the world of Kawi.”

Kavi is a traditional American Girl doll, standing 18 inches tall with layers of dark brown hair pulled into a half ponytail. She had a playful activewear outfit consisting of a tailored mesh top, silver joggers and pink tennis shoes, which she accessorized with a faux fur hat, quilted purse, charms and journal. Other accessories include a plush version of her adorable dog, Scamper, a playable mini keyboard, and a set of backstage equipment, including a makeup table with task lights. And, in keeping with her love of the stage, this doll can also be dressed in colorful Bollywood dance outfits.
In conjunction with the release, American Girl also donated $25,000 to the Broadway Education Alliance’s Camp Broadway to support Kavey’s love of theater. The cultural enrichment program works to make the theater arts accessible to all children, providing full and partial scholarship funding to children ages 7 to 14 participating in NYC’s 2023 Summer Camp program.
The launch of Kavi will include in-store events and Kavi-inspired videos on American Girl’s popular YouTube and YouTube Kids channels, including a six-episode Kavi animated series and a music video. Expect other Kavi-inspired digital and social content in the new year. There will also be a free virtual museum to explore her room and play games.
The Kavi collection will be available on AmericanGirl.com on December 29 and at retail locations beginning January 1.


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