Just within the past few months, the Huffman Household has been taken over by everything American Girl. Huff the Tot first learned of these dolls through her cousin who had a few and started begging for one last summer. I was a little hesitant to purchase one (I mean, these dolls are crazy-expensive) but luckily, my sisters and mom went in together to snag one for HtT for Christmas. Since then, the girl has been OBSESSED. As I looked into the American Girl universe, I discovered there’s a lot more to it than just playing with dolls. Each doll has some historical significance (or a character attribute represented) and comes with a book telling that girl’s story. And, on New Year’s Day this year, AG revealed their “Girl of the Year” for 2018!
Her name is Luciana Vega. She is a Chilean-American who has BIG aspirations to be the first person to walk on Mars! Luciana loves anything and everything to do with space and space exploration–she even goes to space camp! It makes my heart so happy to see such a diverse, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)-loving gal in the AG lineup!
American Girl has been working with several leading ladies over at NASA to make sure they got Luciana’s story right and showed girls out there that there are many women in this field. Former NASA chief scientist, Ellen Stofan, hopes that Luciana is a role model for girls to chase after STEM-related dreams and careers, saying: “I think a lot of girls are sometimes intimidated by STEM careers because they think they have to be perfect in math or the top of their class. But what you really need to have is determination, the spirit to pick yourself up when you make a mistake and keep going. I really think it’s that determination, that will, the ability to come back from failure, that are the most important characteristics. I hope that girls who read these books are inspired by these tales of failure but persistence.”
Dream big, girls, and reach for the stars!