On January 1, Luciana Vega debuted as American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year. Luciana, an 11-year-old aspiring astronaut, dreams of being the first person to visit Mars. Her determination and dedication leads her to become team captain for a robotics competition. She also writes a prize-winning essay that earns her a scholarship for space camp. A natural-born leader, she shows that through hard work, creative thinking, and STEM learning, dreams can become a reality. As a role model, Luciana teaches young girls to defy stereotypes, take risks, and show strength to achieve their goals.
Luciana stands 18″ tall, has brown eyes that open and close, and features dark-brown hair with a bright purple streak. Her body is huggably soft and her head and limbs move. She comes outfitted in a galaxy-inspired dress, holographic lace-up boots, and a holographic choker and red star charm necklace. You can also find a flight suit, pajamas, accessories, a Mars Habitat, and much more on the American Girl website along with other books in the series.
American Girl worked closely with an all-star advisory board composed of scientists and astronauts to ensure that all aspects of Luciana’s story are portrayed accurately and authentically. The board included Dr. Ellen Stofan, former NASA Chief Scientist, Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Maureen O’Brien, Manager of Strategic alliances at NASA, and Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken, NASA Astronaut.
American Girl debuted in 1986 as the Pleasant Company and their first line of products, BeForever™ dolls, were based on historical characters. Throughout the years, the company has continued to encourage girls to reach their full potential by developing diverse dolls that tell a unique story. Each doll comes with a book that takes readers on a journey.
Be sure to visit the American Girl website to learn more about Luciana Vega and to check out their other great dolls. You can also download the American Girl app so your little one can see exclusive videos and participate in space activities.