American Girl to release their first male doll, Logan Everett

The American Girl company has been making dolls since 1986 -- and they just announced a major move.

In recent years, the company had been under fire for lack of diversity in their dolls. Up until 2016, there had only been two African-American dolls in their rotation -- one was an escaped slave, Addy, and the other, Cécile Rey, was discontinued in 2014. Last year, though, American Girl released another black doll: Melody Ellison, who grew up in 1960s Detroit.

The company is keeping up the diversity momentum this year with the announcement of their new 2017 line. The 2017 Girl of the Year is Gabriela McBride, an African-American girl who struggles with a stutter but loves poetry and dance.

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Other new additions are Z Yang, a Korean-American filmmaker already known from an American Girl webseries.

For the first time, too, American Girl will release their first male doll: Logan Everett. Logan plays drums to support his singer/songwriter friend -- and other new doll -- Tenney Grant.

Julie Parks, director of public relations at American Girl, spoke to the Huffington Post about Logan. "Adding a boy to our lineup has been a number one request for a very, very, very long time," she said. The company has been receiving requests for "more experiences, more diversity, more interests" -- and they delivered this year.

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