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Four-Year-Old Model With Down Syndrome Makes Mark In American Girl Catalog

It's 2019, and, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go in representation and inclusion in mass media, especially advertising.

We're getting there, slowly and surely, and this four-year-old model with Down syndrome who was just featured in an American Girl catalog is proof!

American Girl dolls have always been rooted in education.

The brand's founder, Pleasant Rowland, a former educator herself, wanted to create a doll that offered play and history lessons.

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The brand has certainly come a long way from their original three Caucasian dolls, now including a more diverse and inclusive line.

They're working on making all girls feel visible and included.

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More recently, their inclusiveness has spread to their catalog models.

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For their 2019 October catalog, American Girl featured a little girl with Down syndrome.

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Ivy Kimble is the adorable four-year-old model pictured on the right.

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Speaking to local Chicago station ABC7, Ivy's mom Kristin talked about how important this exposure is.

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“I have four girls and to have one of them in the [American Girl] catalog is every mother’s dream,” she said.

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"But especially having a child with Down syndrome, there’s not a lot of print or media with a lot of kids with Down syndrome. "

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"So it's a big deal for her," she continued.

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Kristin loves that companies are making a concerted effort to be more inclusive and diverse, but she hopes one day it doesn't have to be an effort and is just part of the norm.

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"Everyone can be an American Girl, and that's the great thing about it."

And that is certainly the whole point!

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