The world may be confusing, but American Girl Doll memes add a little levity to the never-ending string of bad news.
Unlike Barbiecore, this new internet fad reimagines the classic brand with a twist, no fuchsia dress required. The trending hashtags on TikTok and Instagram begin with "When need an American Girl doll who..." before giving a historical example...or a simply outrageous one. As you might've imagined, the jokes have taken a turn for the political as of late.
The dolls that millennials grew up with were all tied to specific timeframes: Kit Kittredge is an aspiring journalist from the 1930s, while Josefina Montoya hails from 1824 Mexico City. It's pretty unanimous that Samantha Parkington from the early 1900s is a tad prissy (though adorable).
Given that the internet does clever work, you can just imagine the fun it has had with current references.
American Girl Doll memes
1. The one who won't tolerate Joe Rogan
2. The one who protests
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3. The one who hexes Brett Kavanaugh
4. The one who has financial complications
5. The one who wants to overthrow the government
6. The one who dissents
7. The one who throws ketchup à la Trump
The non-political American Girl Doll memes
Any of this sound familiar, ladies?
1. The one with anxiety
Time to download a few of the best meditation apps, perhaps?
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2. The one who parties in the dorms
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3. The one's who is a Swiftie
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4. The one who read NSFW fan fic
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The American Girl Doll meme origins
In February 2022, Barrett Adair created @hellicity_merriman (opens in new tab), a wonderfully sarcastic nod to our favorite childhood toys and current state of affairs, be it politics or simply womanhood.
"My best friend and I (we run the account together) think it’s wild that so many people find it funny, but we’re thrilled," Adair tells My Imperfect Life. "We get the sweetest messages from people saying that reading our posts makes them happy, gives them something to share with their friends and family and even soothes their anxieties about life and the world."
We look forward to the creativity and laughs ahead—we could sure use 'em.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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