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“It’s A Big Deal For Her”: 4-Year-Old Girl With Down Syndrome Models In A Festive American Girl Catalog Shoot

November 7, 2019 18:07

For over 30 years, American Girl has been a great partner to parents all over the nation with their issues that inspire girls to dream big and be confident. In October 2019’s edition, the American Girl catalog made history when it featured 4-year-old Ivy Kimble, a girl with Down Syndrome.

The first “American Girl” model with Down syndrome is from Chicago

Ivy Kimble, a girl from Chicago is the first model with Down syndrome to model for American Girl, a big deal for people with the condition.

Speaking to WLS-TV, Ivy’s mom, Kristin Kimble said that her little girl’s achievements were bigger than they looked.

It’s a big deal for her… There’s not a lot of print or media with a lot of kids with Down syndrome.

In the spread, Ivy is seen standing alongside another young model, wearing a matching red dress, holding a doll with her left hand, and looking cute with her hair in pigtails.

Sharing their experience working with Kimble, a spokesperson for American Girl told People that she’s great to work with.

She’s adorable and great to work with, and the shots we captured with her for our holiday catalogues are beautiful… We look forward to continuing our work in celebrating all girls.

These words of support and the booking by American Girl are of major significance for Ivy, her family, and all people with the disability, who are not used to seeing themselves in media. Kristin Kimble added that seeing her little girl in print was inspirational, as it’s a little step in the right direction to inspire millions to view the condition naturally.

Ivy Kimble’s amazing shots for the October shot have started conversations on Down syndrome, and in the future, the family’s hope is that more visibility might help normalize disability.

There are other models with Down syndrome

While Ivy’s great opportunity on American Girl's catalog is of great significance, there are other models with Down syndrome that have also featured on print.

Notable models include Holy Allen who has worked for Lidl supermarket, Mia Armstrong who has modeled for Amazon, Walmart and Tommy Hilfiger, and Riley Baxter who has worked for Mothercare, a British retailer.

It’s time Down syndrome was normalized and notable strides taken to drive the conversation forward need to be honored and celebrated. To Ivy Kimble, we say, congratulations, beautiful girl!

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