Meet Claudie, the American doll dressed by Harlem fashion designer Sammy B

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The first look, consisting of a blue satin dress with lace detailing, a shaggy white coat and black patent leather sandals, is a traditional take on the style of the time and came about after hours of research . A second look, in the form of a short skater-style dress with a sheer cape, sandals with toe bows and a crown all in exquisite gold sequin embroidery will inevitably become the favorite look of every girl who gets her hands on her. this. “I wanted it to be the absolute wow moment,” Black said. “We can all have our wow moments at any age, you should feel wow like a little girl because then you will grow up understanding self care, understanding the importance of self and always making sure you feel like you you’re the best.”

The latest look, a silver sequin sweater with faux fur detailing at the collar and cuffs, with a beaded satin pleated skirt with silver sequin detailing, black sparkly tights, patent leather mary janes at the back and a matching silver sequin headband, is rooted in her own vacation outfits when I was a kid. “I feel like every little girl has this kind of outfit, it reminded me of getting ready when I was a kid [to see family].” She added: “I thought, what would a little girl like to see? But also, what I like a little girl to see?

For Black and Bennett, seeing the doll feels a bit like coming full circle. “I’m so glad my parents saw it because they were with us in the trenches of American Girl when we went through the catalog every Christmas and circled what we wanted,” Bennett said. “And they were dutifully trying to find a way to do that.” Black added: “I’ve wanted a doll for so long and when I finally got one I was like Oh my God, I couldn’t even touch it, it was there like a trophy. So I feel really honored to be a part of such an iconic brand, but also to step into this world and show all the young girls like me that we can be a part of it in an even deeper way than I know. never imagined.

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