Ivy Kimble, a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome from Chicago, was included in an October American Girl product catalog.
This may be the first time American Girl included a model with Down syndrome in its advertising.
The October American Girl catalog shows off what’s new in the world of accessories and products in time for the holidays.
Ivy models a matching red dress along with another child and an American Girl baby doll.
Ivy’s mom, Kristin Kimble, told ABC Chicago Affiliate WLS in an interview that including children with Down syndrome in print is one step toward better representation overall.
“I have four girls and to have one of them in the [American Girl] catalog is every mother’s dream,” Kristin Kimble said, adding:
But especially having a child with Down syndrome, there’s not a lot of print or media with a lot of kids with Down syndrome. So it’s a big deal for her. I mean, she’s a cute little girl and she has Down syndrome and she’s in the catalogue. We’re proud.
Ivy Kimble joins other models and influencers with Down syndrome, including Jack Brumpton, Kate Grant, Lauren Potter and Sofia Sanchez, among others. Kristin Kimble said she hopes the trend toward disability inclusion in advertising continues.
“For us, we want to keep seeing kids of all abilities out there in print,” she said. “And I love that these companies are trying to make the conscious effort to continue to put them in print. My hope is that … it stops being a conscious effort and it just becomes natural. They’re just seen everywhere.”