• Fri, Jan 25 2013

Check Out These Striking Portraits Of American Girls With Their American Girl Dolls

girls1American Girl dolls have been around for almost 30 years now. In that time, the company has grown from a few dolls and books to a giant multinational conglomerate with a bajillion spin-off items. For many kids, the $100 mini-mes have become something of a status symbol, with the ostensible benefit of an educational component.

After noticing how into these dolls many young American girls were, Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc decided to do a series of portraits of girls in their homes with their dolls. “Traveling to America when I was young, I always wondered what it would be like to grow up here,” Szwarc told Slate. “Once I moved to New York as an adult, I wanted to revisit those feelings I had back then, and the American Girl doll phenomenon seemed like the right platform to reconnect with those experiences.”

She continued: “I see American Girl dolls more as an extension on the idea of celebrity dolls. Typically, celebrities have dolls made after their likeness—American Girl dolls offer a democratization of this idea: Now every girl can have a mini-me doll.” This seems very true! Let’s look at some of her striking portraits.

(Via Slate)

Visit Szwarc’s website for a whole bunch more

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  • anna

    i now want to submit pictures of younger me with my american girl dolls…

    • anna

      or me now. i’m sure they’re still in my moms closet

  • kj

    I CAN’T SEE THE PICTURES

    It’s because I’m Canadian, isn’t it?!

    • Nat

      I haven’t been able to see any of the slideshows here for the past while.

      I’m Canadian too :(

    • jamiepeck

      What browser are you guys using? I will tell tech about this.

    • Safari

      Firefox (and American) here, only the first pic loaded for me – while you’re at it, is there anything that can be done about how the page scrolls up to the very top every time you click next on a slideshow? The routine of “click next, scroll down to see the picture, click next again, scroll again” has me abandoning most of your slideshows a few pics in.

  • http://twitter.com/DiscordantFlesh Silent Agony

    sick of looking at pic of rich little kids