Yes, I’m officially K-pop obsessed. I have been swept into the craze. I can’t help it. The music is just so catchy and positive.
B.A.P.’s powerful comeback last year set the Korean pop world on fire! There is just something different about their sound and style: They are seriously edgy and MANLY! I think more men respect their style more than all the other K-pop acts out there.
I respect this song. It sends a message about taking our chances carefully. You only have one chance, and you can either do it right, or screw up.
This song is definitely bumping on REPEAT. Check out B.A.P
Yes, I’m recently PRO KPOP lately, and I have recently gotten into F(x). I just stumbled upon the Chocolate Love videos, and yes, I’m late. But after 2 years, I still want to know…which ones do people like best?
Girls’ Generation is like white chocolate, and F(x) is like dark chocolate. YUM!
Girls’ Generation’s version displays grace and beauty. They look really lovely in the white. It has an innocent, feminine, pure sexiness that F(x)’s version doesn’t have. It’s classier. It was also the original. I also find the vocals to be better, possibly do to the power of Jessica’s voice, and the slower tempo of the song that helps highlight their voices.
On the other hand, I like that each F(x) member was represented in the group, which is almost impossible in a large group like SNSD. All F(x) members added their own version of sexy Chocolate Love. I also find their music video to be more powerful. The dance moves were more complex and stronger, possibly due to the lower number of girls in the group, which makes complex dance moves easier. Because complex dance moves are made easier, the sound can be stronger and much more energetic. Plus, black is always dangerously sexy. And I guess I relate to the English verses more because that’s my language, so the lyrics had more of an impact on me.
Tell me what you think! Leave a comment below and vote!
Myazaki was a genius at making Japanese animated films with his detailed characters, whimsical stories, and enchanting animation.
Myazaki’s first animated film to each the US was Princess Mononoke. My first exposure to the director was through the movie Spirited Away.
That movie captivated my heart. I will truly miss his art. It was greatly appreciated and respected both in the US and overseas.
His final project is entitled “The Wind Rises”. It is focusing on a young man who dreams of flying. His one issue is his eyesight, which prevents him from doing so. But he discovers that he has a gift for building planes.
As he works on his creations, the world plunges into many eras: The earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, and even World War II.
His plane innovation brings the aviation world into the future.
So, you know what this means, right?
Yes, a review is coming soon!
This will be coming to theaters this weekend so check it out!
I personally love movies that focus on history, though Myazaki is a master even when his movies take an adventurous and fantastical side…
Yes, I did. I called them the Korean “Spice Girls”. That may irritate some of you, and I apologize if I have offended anyone. They are their own group. But I have no problem comparing them to the Spice Girls as a HUGE fan of the Spice Girls. I love F(x) for the very same reasons I love the Spice Girls. There are some things that they share, and it contributes to their success. Spice Girls was a successful all-girl group from the UK that became international. F(x) has the same appeal to me, and I think they have the same ability to make it internationally.
I also sometimes call them the female Shinee, but that’s a story for another day…
F(x) is a multi-cultural, all-girl group formed by the “powerhouse” Korean label, SM Entertainment. The girls come from various backgrounds, and it contributes to their wide-range appeal. Victoria, the physically flexible leader of the group, and born Song Qian in English spelling, is from China. She is fluent in Chinese, and recently Korean. Amber, the charming tomboy, is from California, USA, and she is of Taiwanese descent. She is also fluent in Chinese, as well as English, and recently Korean. Krystal, the sassy sister of Jessica from Girls’ Generation, is also from California, USA, and is of Korean descent. She speaks fluent English, Chinese, and Korean. Sulli, the baby-faced, cutie-pie, born Choi Jinri, and Luna, born Park Sun-Young, the beautiful dancer, are both South Korean natives. They have learned to speak Korean, and Chinese. Some are still working on their English. All of the girls are also working on their Japanese. With all of these languages fluctuating in this group, it’s a wonder how they can even communicate! But the best part about having so many girls from different backgrounds is that they have a lot to share with each other and a lot to learn from one another. This improves their social skills, as it allows them to be aware of the various cultures they have to contend with if they expect to be international superstars. This also helps them to keep an open mind, which thus, helps them to adapt to new styles (both image and genre) and learn new skills quickly.
Aside from their multi-cultural background, the girls are also known for their distinct individual image styles, as well as their array of talents. Many of them not only have vocal abilities, but dancing, acting, and even rapping experience! Amber is known for also having song-writing abilities, particularly with the song “Good-bye Summer”. Victoria is known for her physical flexibility. In this way, they are also like the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls had a multitude of talents, including the rapping skills and flexibility (Mel B as the rapper and Mel C with the back flips)!
Their images are very distinct. From androgyny, to cute, to flirty, to trendy, they convey many different ways of being a girl. In this way, they are very much like the Spice Girls. F(x) even has their sporty spice (Amber) and a Baby Spice (Sulli)! These distinct images allow each member to stand out, and it gives each member value in the group. Individual images allows the people viewing the music video and performances to distinguish the people they are watching and select the one that relates to them. This allows people to see each member as individuals. When all the girls look alike, the prettiest will stand out, and the individual beauty of each member is lost. Thank goodness F(x) doesn’t have to worry about that!
The name of their group, F(x), is a play on this diversity. F(x) is a numerical symbol. The X in parenthesis can represent any number, so the girls feel this fits their group because it conveys that they are a group that tries many styles and music options.
Their upbeat and friendly music also adds to their appeal. Their music relates to people of all ages, cultures, sub-cultures, and genders. It’s very lively, and it conveys the lively and friendly spirits of the girls themselves. Even though I am an English speaker, and an African American, I can easily relate to their songs. It helps that they have native English speakers singing and rapping in their songs. Those are the parts I understand best. This contributes to why I can relate to their music so well. I’m sure other people feel the same way. Their catchy and wholesome songs make their music likable to children, but neutral enough to be liked by older people. Even men enjoy the songs, though I’m sure they enjoy the pretty girls too.
All of the above brings me back to the reason why I find them to be just like the Spice Girls, and why I can see them having an international appeal. However, I feel that F(x) has challenges that even the Spice Girls have yet to deal with, and it’s what makes F(x)’s experience very different than that of the ’90′s pop group.
Unlike the Spice Girls, as diverse as they were, they all spoke the same language and came from the same place. F(x), though they are all Asian, have to deal with language and cultural barriers. Chinese manners are different from Korean manners, and they are both extremely different from American mannerisms. The members have to bridge cultural gaps often in order to understand one another. Sometimes, this can be a very lonely and isolated experience. I’m sure misunderstandings have occurred more often than not. It is also hard to promote themselves in foreign lands because of these cultural and language boundaries.
F(x) in Kenya, Africa! Amber is killing me with the dress! XD She looks so…so…pretty!
But this is a good thing! This challenges the girls to learn the same language, and encourages them to accept new ways of living, as was mentioned before. They are also not likely to fall into biases or stereotypes, and can see people for who they really are.
Another challenge they have is personality differences. This is what every group has to deal with. Having different backgrounds and cultures are hard enough to deal with, but there are two American girls with the same culture, and they have totally different personalities! Since most of the girls dorm together, I’m sure this is very challenging. And yet, the girls seem to enjoy each other’s company and seem to be relatively comfortable with one another, despite all of these differences. I think it’s because of Amber. She’s a social butterfly! She can put anyone at ease because she’s just so…herself…
Which brings me to my next point. The K-pop scene is very different from the UK scene the Spice Girls are used to. This is somewhat due to culture differences. In Korea, in this day and age, most artists are in groups. Not only are most artists in groups, but most of them have “standard” music sounds and images. Most of the pop artists of Korea have similar-sounding music where dance is highlighted more than vocal abilities. Most of the promoted music is lively and upbeat, rather than meaningful and contemplative. This may not be the case at all if you buy the album, but you won’t see a music video that is too boring, that’s for sure.
What’s really conservative about the industry is the imagery. Almost all of the boys have cute hair cuts, skinny jeans, and can dance. Most of all of the girls wear cute and trendy fashions that highlight the legs and thighs, though most don’t show cleavage.
F(x), however, is a powerful group. When placed against other K-pop groups, they tend to come out on top. Their complicated choreography and amazing vocal abilities make them shine. It’s very hard for them to be imitated, that’s for sure.
Let’s also add that F(x) is the only female K-pop group that has an androgynous member in it. This makes their group quite distinct as well. Now I’m about to put Amber on BLAST.
Amber Liu IN the SPOTLIGHT
All About Amber
Amber is the charming tomboy of the F(x) group, as was mentioned before. She enjoys playing basketball (she was on the team in her hometown) and she also enjoys skateboarding. She is also a black belt in Taekwondo.
Amber also enjoys sketching. Once she gets a pen and paper, she becomes absorbed.
Amber is super intelligent, and the best of all the girls at math. She is also into the Rubik’s Cube game.
Amber is obsessed with hats too! She can’t cook, though…but she likes to read cooking books. Ironic.
Amber is charming, charismatic, witty, funny, and friendly. She has a wide network of connections and people who want to collaborate with her. She is confident, cool, and easy-going. People just naturally gravitate towards her. It’s not just the bold looks, but the personality when it comes to Amber. This contributes to her popularity, especially to international artists who relate to her.
Amber is different from the other girls. She’s not extremely polite, she loves to prank people, and she’s mischievous. Amber is very confident. She is usually not shy about dancing or speaking in public. Her laugh is infectious, and she usually claps her hands, or hooks a hand over her mouth, as she laughs hard and easily. The other girls, I’ve noticed, have adapted this habit too.
Amber can be shy, as Krystal points out.
Amber is from Los Angeles, California. She is used to sunny weather and casual people (hence, why it’s called the Sunshine State). Amber is very family-oriented. She has her mom, dad, and older sister, Jackie. Surprisingly, no brothers. She went on a six-month hiatus due to a leg injury (which btw, drove fans crazy). Due to the length of time she spent away, most people assumed she was homesick. Amber hopes one day to make it bigger in America so she can be closer to home.
Before Amber became a pop star, she was interested in K-pop groups TVXQ and Super Junior. Her mother states in an interview that Amber had their posters all on her walls. Amber was first spotted by SM in an audition in LA. She originally auditioned with her friend, but she ended up being chosen alone, along with another boy.
Amber is a Christian and her mother plays a lead role in their church.
Amber’s sister, Jackie, also told us some interesting things about Amber:
Amber often refers to herself as “Llama”. This is coming from a fan who said she looked like one, according to Amazing F(x).
Despite Amber’s natural charm, and love of her hometown and family, Amber wasn’t very popular in school. As Jessie J would say, “Who’s Laughing Now?”
FACTS ABOUT AMBER
Fav Color : Red
Fav Song : SHINee’s “Nuna is very Pretty” / Taking back Sunday “What’s it Feel Like To Be A Ghost”
Fav Bands : Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday
Likes : Cookies, Chips, Chocolate, Sweets, Oh Yes (A Korean cake snack), Hats
Famous Close Friend : Nicole from Kara
Wants to meet : Fly to the Sky
Usual Apparel : Hip Hop style, t-shirt and baggy pants
Roommate : Luna
Acts Feminine : When she eats
Favorite Pet : Rabbit
If she had a superpower: Telekinesis
Desktop Wallpaper : Childhood Photos
Stress Reliever : Screaming
*Used to be a vegetarian
*Thinks the right side of her face looks boyish and her left side looks cute
*Has the smallest face in F(x)
*Knows how to sew
*is one of the oldest members in F(x)
*In her childhood, Amber was in church band.
*likes cat more than dog.
*works out when she gets stressed out
*IS NOT GONNA WEAR WEDDING DRESS AT HER WEDDING
*The costume that Amber wore on ‘Sorry Sorry’ performance was given by DongHae
*likes wearing inappropriate clothing
“that brooklyn shit”
Amber, a K-POP STAR
Amber, at home in LA, is just another girl, but as a Korean popstar, she’s a completely different person.
Amber is charming, true enough, but Amber has also been tagged as “Sexy Amber”. Amber is one of the very few tomboys blessed with this title. Let’s review why, shall we?
Do you get the picture? If you don’t, here. Have some more…
Yea, that’s right. I just Amberfied you. You should know how sexy she is by now.
It’s hard for many to imagine that such a “sexy tomboy” could perform such girly dance moves in music videos and onstage. But guess what? She does. And it works! Amber takes her cute-ness to a whole different level, and at the same time, she makes the signature moves look sexy in her own unique way. This is also due to the fact that she is an excellent dancer. So she can master even the girliest of moves and make it look like a combination of her masculine edge and her feminine touch. I think getting involved with F(x) helps her express the feminine side she may not have been able to express to her fullest at home in her town of LA, what, with so many tomboys running around, influencing each other…
But in Korea, she stands out and makes a statement. She makes F(x) a unique-looking group. This also contributes to Amber’s popularity. Amber redefines beauty in the Korean Pop Industry, and paves the way for other tomboys to make their mark. She encourages individuality, and freedom of self-expression. She also shows all girls that anyone can be beautiful, sexy, cute, and a pop star, even if they don’t look like Britney Spears. As a model in many magazines, she gives girls more options than the frilly and trendy, and encourages girls to explore their options and open their minds. She gives this sort of message, “You can be a tomboy and still be hot”.
And trust me, Amber knows she looks good.
Another thing that stands out about her appearance is the provocative shirts she tends to wear…
I don’t think many Korean girls are as provocative as she is, aside from showing a little leg action.
She is certainly a rare beauty. At first, she didn’t feel she would fit in, and was worried that her image wouldn’t be accepted. Boy, was she wrong.
Amber and Girls
Amber has a huge fanbase full of girls! Probably as many girls love her as they do Shinee and Super Junior. And it isn’t just because she’s talented…
Amber’s “boyish” charm works on even the most heterosexual women. In all of the comments’ sections on Youtube dedicated to F(x), all you hear is “She’s Sexy”, “I love Amber”, “Why she make me feel lesbian?”
Amber is a very handsome girl. Every girl’s dream, right? Charm and good looks. She almost seems like the perfect guy… only she’s a girl.
Everybody wants to date Amber. Everybody wants to be her best friend. She’s just easy to like, you know? Even I can’t help but follow her life closely, as if she’s my hero or something. Well, she kind of is…
Girls like her because she’s a good role model. She inspires girls. They admire her as well as love her.
All of the F(x) girls are well-liked and popular. I think, initially, SM expected for Krystal to be the most popular, considering her sister is in Girls’ Generation. And hey, she really is popular! Krystal is very sexy, cool, and has amazing vocal abilities. So the expectation was rewarded. But by crowd response, it’s easy to see who the favorite is…
And Amber isn’t just a favorite of female fans, but she has earned the love and respect of other female idols, including the other members of F(x), who have voted her the most charming member in the group.
Amber is very appreciative of her female fans and their support, as she has mentioned on her biography. It’s because of the girls that Amber can feel like a queen.
Amber and Boys
While you might think Amber only has a female fanbase, the boys will tell you otherwise.
The other girls in K-pop groups are arguably “pretty” on screen, with their short skirts and long hair, as feminine is somehow considered “prettier”. Those girls are especially prettier to men who don’t know them well beyond what they can see. You might hear some male fans call them “hot” in the comments’ sections of youtube.
But what you don’t see is many boys hanging out with them or spending time with the other girls. As pretty as they are, there is a sense of reserve about them, and it doesn’t make men feel comfortable. The men that are used to seeing those girls will no longer be interested. F(x) is a very charming group. There is something more beyond their beauty.
Amber is a breath of fresh air. Amber invites men to take a peak at her inner beauty, which inside, is a hidden gem. Every man who meets Amber personally (and not behind a computer screen) falls in love with her. Amber is always invited to join the boys onstage or collaborate with them, and I can’t begin to tell you how many men have said they have enjoyed having her around.
While some people may think she’s only looked at as “one of the guys”, I don’t think this tweet between Donghae and Henry sounds the same as two men fighting over a “homeboy”…
Amber is so liked by the boys that the great majority of couple “shipping” happens with the men! Ironically…
Henry is especially a favorite among fans. She seems to spend an awful lot of time with him. They even backed Amber’s sister Jackie into rooting for “Henber”.
Amber in an apartment with 4 guys…Lucky, Lucky..
But Henry isn’t the only one fond of Amber. All of EXO knows, respects, and loves Amber. Xuimin seems particularly fond of Amber, and tends to get jealous when she seems too close to someone else! None of the boys seem to be paying much attention to the other F(x) members…
Amber has always been fond of Super Junior, even before she became a K-pop star. But Donghae is also very fond of her. He constructed this little sign for her…
And a certain SHINee member was pretty darn hugged up close with Amber when they were sight-seeing…
Key from SHINee is very fond of Amber. In fact, all of the SHINee members seem to like Amber one way or another!
This picture with Kris looks really intimate…
When they see Amber in the room, all the boys rush to greet her! She’s everyone’s best friend!
Amber gets all the hugs…
F.T. Island is also quite close and playful with Amber. They both want Amber’s attention. Jaejin’s favorite part of F(x)’s song “Hot Summer” is Amber’s part.
And Amber is probably the only member who got more than a dozen roses for her birthday! She is just literally loved by all!
Amber is even considered beautiful to some radio announcers. Some may have gotten the impression that she literally looks like an ugly boy. But they soon discover that Amber is really beautiful, just the way she is!
While I will admit the other girls get the cheers and stares from male fans, Amber gets the proposals! Men literally want to marry this woman! They always say that in a man’s mind, sex and love are two different things. I think they think the other girls are sexy-looking, but the boys fall in love with Amber!
A certain fan just couldn’t keep his hands off of Amber…
From looking at all of the above, I can say Amber has a very neutral charm that catches people’s attention wherever she goes!
Amber is quite an asset to F(x). She has so many talents! Her talents are very unique, aside from her image.
She is the only female K-pop star with better than average rapping abilities. There are very few females in the Korean Music world who are respected for their rapping, and they certainly don’t get to rap in K-pop groups. This is also what makes F(x)’s music so distinct. There is usually a rap segment from Amber, unlike other bubblegum songs you might hear.
But Amber isn’t all MC rapping. She has an amazing voice! That “deeper-than-the-average-Asian-girl” voice of hers sounds like an angel when she sings. But I don’t think Asians are used to the power of her voice, which is why she gets so little moments to sing in the F(x) songs. Honestly, she sings better than some other K-pop singers in the industry. She has amazing song-writing abilities. She wrote the song “Good-bye Summer” and worked on the song “Immortal” with Luna.
Amber is also an impressive dancer.
Amber also acts as an interpreter for F(x) in westernized countries. She has mad social skills and confidence. This helps her to better communicate with people on the international level.
Because Amber’s appearance isn’t openly emphasized, or objectified, her talents are most highlighted in the group. This is also why she is able to maneuver about in the K-pop music industry and make so many connections. In fact, all the f(x) girls agreed that Amber has the most connections of them all. When the only thing people can see is how you look, people have a hard time seeing who you really are, and the inner star will have a hard time shining. This doesn’t happen in Amber’s case. This is why so many people, especially westerners, like that she remains true to herself.
The one advice her mother gave her was to be herself, and I think it was very good advice.
Amber has a lot of personality. Her demeanor is quite boyish, but lively. She is entertaining to watch. That’s why she has so many videos posted online. She is just fascinating. Even though some of the other members have acting experience, I believe Amber would be one of the best actresses in the group. She’d be excellent at comedy!
Amber also has a knack for bringing people together and making others feel relaxed. This is why she has made so many friends. Amber is never without someone to hang with. This girl stays busy with all kinds of people.
Amber is definitely a valuable member. Without her F(x) would be lost.
Amber’s Personal Challenges
Obviously Amber’s biggest challenge is standing strong in her boyish image in a world that isn’t quite used to it, a world that doesn’t appreciate it, and an industry that doesn’t cater to her image. Amber doesn’t look like the average girl, and even if she did, her boyishness can’t be ignored. In a radio interview, she was told that boyish women in Korea were rare. This is due to the fact that the gender worlds are so very divided in that country. I think this is another reason why so many men like her. She’s different. Most don’t often get too close with women unless they are interested in dating or marriage. But Amber makes them feel comfortable.
Yet, despite all of the support Amber gets, despite the smile she plasters on her face, it’s hard for her to deal with the harshness of Korean conservatism.
Many television announcers are always hinting that she looks like a man, and she is often confused for a boy. It’s not that she didn’t expect this. However, she didn’t realize how much her image would stand out. In America, it’s normal to see tomboys. We’ve had many in the music industry. We don’t always confuse them for boys. Also, Amber’s voice is deeper than most girls in Korea. In America, many women have deeper or raspier voices. Look at P!nk. These are just some of the qualities that Amber has that don’t quite fit well with K-pop standards for femininity. Amber writes the following:
“I was born on September 18, 1992. My hometown is Los Angeles in the United States and I have an older sister. SM Entertainment’s 2007 global audition was where I was cast for the agency. I had originally auditioned with a Korean friend but she didn’t make it. M.C. Max’s “Oh Heart, Please Stop Now” and K.Will’s “Left Heart” are the songs I sang at the audition. I read and wrote a little bit of Korean before but I studied the lyrics more from some fan sites where they had translations so I could understand the songs better.
I had liked Linkin Park since young so I copied Mike Shinoda a lot and I had a lot of friends who liked to rap so I grew up practicing free-styling. When I first heard Korean music I used to listen to a lot of R&B like Wheesung’s. These days I listen to Yoon Mirae, Tiger JK and Epik High. I’ve never talked to Yoon Mirae before but I’m a big fan.
When I first came to Korea from the U.S. I felt like a complete stranger because the environment was completely different. I used to space out thinking ‘Why am I here?’ But Krystal helped me out a lot since her English is good and I gradually learned more Korean. Luna taught me how to sing and dance and Sulli, I got really really close with her, as if she’s my younger brother. Haha. (Sulli: Amber Oppa!) But my boyish image was something I wasn’t aware of. In the States I was… just normal. I was shocked when while I was a trainee, I went shopping with Krystal and her fans said they thought I was her boyfriend. But I have a lot of female fans and I am so thankful to them for liking me so much. I didn’t know they would be okay with someone with an image like mine.
Looking similar to Super Junior member Dong-hae is something I’ve heard frequently ever since I got here. These days people also say I look a lot like SHINee’s Jonghyun. Haha. So the three of us sometimes take photos together and call ourselves the “dinosaur family”.
Basketball in particular is something I really enjoy. I’d been on a basketball team since elementary school in the U.S. and I played basketball a lot with my girl friends too. I’m actually not that good at it (Sulli: No, you’re really good!) but in Korea, I’ve been playing with the male trainees at our agency. I like taekwondo too so I practice my moves when I get bored.
Creating a stage where there are no restrictions is my dream. And it doesn’t even have to be on a real stage, a street is fine. Just as long as it’s a place where everyone can join in and have fun!”
All I can say is that I applaud her courage. Amber could’ve easily given in to the pressure to be like everyone else. But Amber prefers to stay true to herself. I believe she was chosen for a reason. I believe SM was tired of the usual, and was looking for a new, fresh face to bring into the Korean industry. Her courage and confidence is what also makes her an inspiration to others.
My heart reaches out to Amber and her fight to be accepted by the Korean industry. I think slowly, but surely, Korea will begin to get used to this new female energy, and others may begin to imitate. Until then, Amber can continue making an impact.
Amber’s second biggest challenge is her father. Her father was not very supportive of Amber’s K-pop dreams. Her father was of the “protective” sort. Korea is a faraway country, and foreign to Amber. I guess he knew Amber wouldn’t fit in easily, due to her American customs and boyish demeanor. Her parents knew it would be a challenge for her. He also wanted her to focus on school.
Amber’s world isn’t without controversy. Giving herself to Korea, exploiting her image and her talents for others, and having the courage to strike out with boldness and confidence is what makes Amber a gem in the Korean industry.
But the world of the androgynous woman is never without controversy, even from the most liberal of countries.
Amber, a Lesbian?
I hear this question over and over again, usually following up behind the comments from gleeful fan girls. The sad truth is that a girl can’t dress or act like a boy without people questioning her sexuality. True, she has more fan girls than the other girls do. More women think she’s hotter than any female Korean pop star. This is due to her boyishness. I guess since most people are closed-minded, and think only girlish girls can attract men, they just assume Amber will give up and be attracted to girls. Or they might think she has an identity problem, and that she wants to be a boy, and so she might like the same things that boys like. But this isn’t always the case. Amber dresses like a boy, not because she hates being a girl, but because “male” clothing is comfortable, makes her unique, and she’s used to it because she plays a lot of sports, and comfort in sports is important.
I hate to burst any bubbles here, but based on close evidence, sorry ladies, but Amber seems like a heterosexual female to me. There is more evidence that she prefers boys, and little evidence she prefers girls.
In several interviews, she has mentioned her preferences in a GUY, the ideal guy she is looking for. She also always adds at the end that she is “waiting”, and she usually says it with “that tone”. She wouldn’t be saying all of that if she were a lesbian. If she were just saving face for SM, she would just name some qualities she likes in a man and move on. But adding “I’m waiting” is a bit of a hint, don’t you think? Amber has even mentioned the man she felt would be a good marriage partner: Sehun!
Even her family seems to be aware that she is straight. Usually when someone is a lesbian, there are indications when the family is interviewed. Family isn’t usually as media conscious as the actual idols are. If she were a lesbian, her mother wouldn’t have encouraged Amber to “get married to a nice husband”. Her mother would keep a neutral expression of her daughter’s preferences. Amber also seems particularly interested in her parents’ marriage.
I also don’t think Jackie would’ve even made an effort to answer this question if her sister were a lesbian.
To add, Amber has had a boyfriend at age 15. Would a lesbian girl be dating a guy two years before her debut?
We’re also going to add the fact that Amber WANTS to be married in 20 years and have TWO children! And it doesn’t sound like she wants to marry a girl and a adopt a child. It sounds like she’s not afraid to have a baby come right out of her! She mentions, “There are GUYS who don’t want to have children.” Girls don’t even come to her mind when thinking about marriage.
No, I don’t believe the girl is a lesbian. I believe many females might desire her to be lesbian because she is very attractive to them. Or they may have fandom fantasies…
I do believe, however, she redefines sexuality, as she shows everyone that just because you dress like a boy doesn’t mean you can’t be in love with boys.
Amber Needs to be More Feminine?
Though most fans are genuinely supportive of Amber and her image, there are some who wish Amber would “dress more girly”. Many fans argue that her tomboy looks have been pushed too far by SM, and they have a hard time believing Amber is happy looking so boyish, especially due to the narrow-minded views on women and sexuality. Many believe she had more of a feminine side before she came to SM, though this isn’t backed by evidence.
I think the girls who think Amber is unhappy with her image are more unhappy inside with it than she is. Most of the girls who push her to be feminine are really girly themselves, therefore, they feel uncomfortable with a girl like her on the scene, a girl who doesn’t seem to represent them. They struggle to relate to her appearance because their world is one of high heels and make-up: a world without natural beauty and little appreciation of one’s inner beauty. Actually, I think Amber likes being confused for a boy. It allows her to have two alter egos, to be creative, it gives her special attention…it’s mysterious. I think she likes to play around with it sometimes. Being confused for a boy isn’t bad. It can be fun.
Another reason why girls or boys may push her to wear more feminine attire is because they themselves are attracted to her, and they are uncomfortable with that attraction. Women are uncomfortable with being attracted to a girl, and men are uncomfortable with being attracted to a girl that looks like a guy. It’s not Amber’s fault she’s attractive. She is neutrally attractive to people, but sometimes, this can be threatening. Men also feel threatened by her because she seems to attract all of their girlfriends to her. Women are also a little jealous of the amount of attention she receives from some of their favorite male Korean pop idols.
Of course, there are also those who just have a natural curiosity with her feminine side.
Well, this is why I think Amber can never truly be extremely feminine:
1) It’s not about the hair and clothes. The whole demeanor is rude, brash, and boyish. When Amber did wear a dress, it was very awkward. She walked like a boy and acted like one. She was pretty, but she is just a tomboy. So I don’t think dressing like a girl would make her any more girly. It’s different with Ella Chen from S.H.E. She always acted like a girl…
2) Most people say when she gets a boyfriend, she will change. But Amber has already had a boyfriend, and it didn’t seem to change her one bit. No, I believe the right one will accept who she is.
3) Amber actually has explored her feminine side in more ways than one, just not the way others want her to. In fact, being in F(x) is probably a very feminine experience. The dance moves are girly, and the music is very feminine and cute. Amber has also worn heels before and in Africa, a dress! But she’s still not sure how to express that side, so it still comes across boyish, though her dress in Africa looked lovely on her..
Let’s all come to grips that this is who Amber is, and that she’s beautiful the way she is. She doesn’t need a skirt or to grow her hair out really long. If we learn to accept this new form of beauty, we will truly have open minds. When we open our minds, we give ourselves more options in the world. Therefore, we have more to explore. This is what we want to teach the next generation.
LA Weekly, interviewed Amber about her tomboy look, and why she chose this image:
“I hear that I dress like a boy and that I should be more girly, which I can understand, but I just focus on what I want to do and enjoy my time with fans who love me for who I am,” Liu writes, diplomatically, in an email.
But Liu has not just integrated herself, she’s prospered, becoming a huge star in one of the most popular girl groups in K-pop and a global celebrity in her own right.
Liu, who recently turned 21, was raised in West Hills and is fluent in English and Mandarin. “I grew up playing a lot of sports, [and] thus tying up your hair and wearing comfortable clothing was a must,” she says, adding that she was particularly passionate about skateboarding. “I finally chopped off my ponytail at the end of middle school, and it was the best decision I made.”
Still, in high school bullies teased her and told her she looked like a man, sometimes making her cry.
Well, now she has millions of fans who love her! She is a true underdog story, just itching to relate to other outcasts.
Well, that’s my spin on F(x) and the lovely Amber Liu!
Check out their music! Let me know what you think! They’ve recently been performing the song “Airplane”, so check it out!
Their album “Pink Tape” is also out and it is AWESOME!
American Girl announced on their facebook that, as of this fall, Samantha will be returning to the American Girl brand! American Girl has also said they are making some changes to the historical line!
Time to celebrate, Samantha Parkington fans—your favorite is coming back this fall! Our Victorian-era character’s return is just one of the exciting changes to our historical line. Stay tuned for more details…
This is exciting news for fans of the doll. I am not surprised she returned. She was the money-maker of the doll line. I can’t wait! This also gives me hope that Felicity, Kirsten, and Molly will be returning some time in the future, if their demand is still around.
Stay Tuned! Time to save your pennies! WOOT WOOT!
Let’s celebrate with a return to the first American Girl Movie EVER!
I love edgy fashion. For the last couple of months, I have been totally obsessed with the androgynous and metro-sexual styles. This is due, in part, to the fact that I’ve been seeing this style show up more often lately as people begin to embrace their inner “masculine” and “feminine” sides. The whole mystery of it intrigues me, and it’s fun to trick the mind in that way!
To add, there is a huge wave of support from the LGBT community. That community encourages people to embrace who they are, and it’s influence trickles into the entertainment industry.
But you don’t need to be a part of that community to appreciate the look.
Many are afraid to rock the look because they are afraid of looking too much like the “opposite gender”. But there are plenty of ways to rock the androgynous look and still look sexy to the opposite sex.
Here a few examples of celebrities, dolls, and book characters who have rocked the look and pulled it off (Read the descriptions below the pictures to learn more about them!):
Marlene Dietrich, one of the pioneers of the androgynous looks. Worn in the 1930s movie Morocco.
Also one of the pioneers of androgynous fashion (and the equestrian look), Amelia Earhart took a masculine turn in the 1930s with her aviator look, and also sported a cocky, confident attitude along with it.
Agyness Deyn, one of the most famous models of the 1990s, also known for her strikingly cute androgynous looks
Grace Jones paved the way for African Americans to embrace this new look. With the tall hair that was popular in the 1990s, but a dash of glamorous make-up, she was able to bring the two opposite genders together to make one dramatic look.
Janelle Monae is so GORGEOUS! She has natural beauty and the right make-up to bring out her beautiful face. At the same time, she is usually seen with a retro masculine look: tux and tie.
Amber from the female group F(x), a Korean pop band, rocks an urban androgynous look, standing out in a sea of femininity. She makes the look oh so hot! She borrows from other Korean pop boy bands and flaunts it. To add, her charisma makes her likable to girls and boys!
Maybe you don’t want to go to extremes. No problem! Amber Heard adds more feminine touches to her look, but the high waist pants give her just enough masculinity to make this look a sexy combination of both. It has a retro androgynous feeling.
Kate Lanphear takes a masculine business casual look, and turns it into a fashion statement for women!
Leighton Meester wears the tux, but all the other additions are feminine: purse, shoes, and the long flowing hair give her the right feminine touches.
Aaliyah championed the androgynous urban look, and she made it look sexier than ever!
Avril Lavigne in the past would always top off most of her outfits with a tie, which completed her punk look.
Da Brat took gangsta to a whole new level with her tomboyish looks!
Janet can make anything look sexy! And here she has some touches of make-up to highlight her face, but keeps a completely androgynous look in the music video ‘Alright’. To add, the tux and hat she sports is tasteful.
BoA, Korea’s Princess of Pop, also has rocked the androgynous look on several occasions. She is also able to master masculine dances. Her two inspirations are Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, and it doesn’t end at music, but style as well!
J Lo dabbles in an Androgynous style for V Magazine, sporting more of a boxer look. Doesn’t she look fiercely sexy?
If you really want to go to extremes, you can try to imitate Lady Gaga’s androgynous look!
No one can make androgynous fashion look sexy quite the way Madonna does! This ringmaster style is sexy and unique!
Natsuna Watanabe plays Girl Ranma, and takes on a literal androgynous role in Ranma 1/2 Live action
Keira Knightly decided to dabble in androgynous fashion in her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn’t she look like a fierce warrior here?
Some toys have gotten into the trend. Particularly the American Girl franchise. Felicity Merriman was one of few dolls that came with her own pair of breeches, trousers only worn by men in her time. She tops it off with a riding hat. Unfortunately, this retired. But it can give you some ideas…According to the book Meet Felicity, she “borrowed” a pair of breeches from her father’s apprentice, Ben, so she could sneak off to visit her horse, Penny. It was also so she could run and move faster. This outfit wasn’t marketed for the main line, but could be an accessory for girls and their dolls. This doll has a back story that begins on the brink of the Revolutionary War.
American Girl also marketed Kit Kittredge in androgynous fashion. She grew up in the 1930s during the Great Depression (obviously when the veterans of androgynous fashion began their style). She was the only doll to have androgynous fashion marketed in her main line. This pair of overalls was given to her by her brother. She wears them to make it easier to work in her garden, and possibly to supplement for the lack of clothing items, due to the fact that she outgrew her old dresses, and since she can’t afford new dresses, according to the accompanying book Kit Saves the Day. In the story, it also helps her disguise as a boy! Kit has also been marketed with a baseball outfit.
Of course, you know the ever popular Bratz dolls have tried any edgy fashion you can think of, and the tomboy look is no exception.
My Scene Barbie doll added some androgynous additions to her fashions. She was marketed as liking edgy fashions. Though the dress adds just the right feminine touches, the tie makes it more masculine. We also can’t forget Delancey, the tomboy doll!
Sailor Uranus was one of the first androgynous cartoon characters to show up on television. With her beautiful hair, and snappy suits and school uniform, she is definitely one of the most attractive characters on the show.
Let’s try some Androgynous looks for the Gentlemen!
Prince was the King of Androgynous, and he was still sexy! He made rocking purple a norm for men. With his curly locks, who can resist?
Captain Jack, played by Johnny Depp, makes one smexy guy in his androgynous look! Back in the days of pirates, men often wore laces, silks, satins, puffy sleeves, and long hair; styles we’d generally think are feminine! Well, Johnny Depp made this style popular again with this role.
Some of these celebrity men decided to dabble in make-up and even wear their hair long! But they still look good!
Taemin from the Korean boy band Shinee decided to grow, color, and cut bangs when it came to his hair for the video Sherlock! But the girls still think this man is hot, if not hotter! Wooo!
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, kept his hair long and often wore loose feminine fabrics. In this photo he looks like a beautiful man with the make-up and loose white shirt! Quite a sensual picture of him, and oh so hot!
Adam Lambert looks stunning in make-up and nail polish! Yes, he’s gay, but he’s still hot to girls too!
Andre from Outkast pressed his shoulder-length hair out, giving him quite an androgynous look! That hair is so silky, I want to touch it!
Gackt is known for his sexy androgynous looks. In this photo, he curled and braided his long pretty hair, but he makes it look masculine. This guy is also known to wear eye liner.
Count D, from the anime Pet Shop of Horrors, is VERY androgynous, and oh so sexy and seductive.
The Ken doll has recently become famous for his metro sexual appearance and the light pastel tones he has on his clothes. He’s the first male fashion doll.
B. Scott (although considering himself transgender) gets a lot of attention from women who just wish he could give women a chance! Though guys may not necessarily admire him, you can learn. Perhaps try wearing your hair long and wavy?
So maybe you can try these looks! Keep an open mind, step outside of your comfort zone in fashion, explore your options. There are many ways to appeal to the opposite sex. Sometimes it’s okay to borrow some styles from the opposite gender. At one time, all men wore stockings, bows in their hair, heels, and even long robes! Pink was a boy color, but now girls rock it as their own!
Don’t be afraid to take a chance! We live in an age where trying new things is a part of modern society.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
From the creators of Step up, comes Make Your Move. As a K-pop fan and Jpop fan, and a MAJOR Boa fan, this is exciting news! Boa is set to star in this American movie as a Japanese immigrant girl. It’s so awesome! I love the message!
The release date for this movie hasn’t been announced yet, so we just have to wait a while. But at least at last a trailer has been revealed. It’s set to be released sometime this year. Hopefully, it isn’t coming out when other major movies come out like Hobbit 2, and Hunger Games’s sequel.
Looking at Mattel’s recent string of blonde dolls (McKenna, Caroline, Isabelle), and sales statistics in the recent 21st Century, the answer would appear to be yes. Even looking at other doll lines, like Barbie, one can see how blondes sell well in almost every doll brand that exists. Around the world, Barbie is the world’s best-selling doll. Even people in other countries admire this blonde doll.
It has been noted that other countries admire blonde hair in general. Japanese anime tend to have leading female characters with blonde hair, like in Sailor Moon, Mew Mew Power, and Magical Doremi, though none of their females have this natural hair color. Precure has also had it’s share of blonde lead characters.
Isabelle-American Girl’s latest blonde
Now you can say that this is because blonde whites are the majority in the USA and around the world. You can say it’s because European influence dominates the world. But actually, statistics show that blondes only make up 18 percent of the population in the USA, and only 2 percent around the world, and even the majority of white people are brunette. Many people are artificially blonde. So European-dominated culture is actually made up mostly of dark-haired people.
Another thing to note is that the selling of these dolls has nothing to do with the fact that white girls want “dolls that look like them”. Blonde girls are actually more attracted to darker dolls than other girls are!
Girls of other colors and other nationalities are drawn to blonde dolls. One study showed three different dolls: a light haired doll, fair haired doll, and dark-haired doll. When asked which one is the nice one, all of the girls said the blonde was the nice one and the dark-haired girl was the mean one. The girls they brought into this study were of all colors and nationalities in the preschool age range.
This is a reflection of what society has been pushing. Society has always pushed blonde hair since the Ancient Roman Empire. Some theorize that this is because blonde hair is “rare” in the world. The same reaction girls gave to blondes, in another study, girls have the same reaction to strange eye colors, such as hazel eyes.
As we see, American Girl has had the same trend of hazel eyes that seem to fascinate young girls. These rare qualities are fascinating, almost like seeing twins.
And yet, what pushes us to see “rare” as beautiful? If we look at many fairy tales in the old days, we see that the blondes were considered the beautiful princesses, and the brunettes were considered dark and “sinister”. In fact, darkness has always been associated with things that are scary. How many people are afraid to sit in a dark room? Darkness has also been associated with hollowness, emptiness, and evil. Even “This Little Light of Mine” the song discourages darkness. Darkness has even been associated with Hell, though fire and the color red has also had that devilish association as well…
The latest Ever After High dolls have banked on this traditional viewpoint. Apple White, the lead Royal character is a perfect, chipper, outgoing, airy blonde, while the other lead is a dark-haired, gothic, Rebel and “Evil Queen”. Though this story is meant to be satirical in some way, and point out the irony in fairy tales being set up so “perfectly”, kids who buy the dolls may still yet see brunettes as evil, mean, and unfriendly.
Aren’t these ideas outdated? Modern society hasn’t yet encouraged people to look at brunettes as lovely and kind people, despite how much human kind supposedly has “progressed”?
And yet, I believe that brunette dolls have the ability to sell over blonde dolls if a company takes a chance and uses the right approach. MGA, maker of Bratz, made four diverse dolls with interesting, unique fashions and hair styles. And though the black girl still didn’t sell well over the others, the blonde wasn’t the best-selling either. The highest selling Bratz doll to date is Yasmin, and her hair is of a light brown color! She is also not associated with the Caucasian race, and has often been highlighted as “Mexican” and “Jewish”, as we saw in the live action Bratz movie. The Bratz brand was the first doll brand where brunettes dominated the whole brand, and blondes didn’t! And they still managed to sell to young girls. And because of their diversity, to an older crowd too. How did they do this?
Back to American Girl dolls…
In my opinion, I do believe the blonde dolls at American Girl sell, but I also believe this isn’t only just because little girls like blonde better. I do believe Mattel, the owners of American Girl, has maneuvered it in this way, considering that most of the production team is white. Why do I believe that Mattel has maneuvered it to be this way?
Well, I believe any production team knows what sells to girls, but a production team also knows how to sell a product to girls, too. Since Mattel owns some of the biggest toys running, and has collaborated with major toy companies , to add, they are the maker of the Barbie doll, it’s fitting that they would know the right way to sell more blonde dolls. Mattel is known for using blonde dolls as “fail-safe” dolls. When they are low on money, they tend to release blonde dolls. It’s what they did with Diva Starz, My Scene, and other brands they’ve had. But this is because Mattel knows how to cleverly manipulate the public into believing “blonde dolls sell better”. Even I was caught up in this belief. But lately, as I started reviewing my doll collection and my collection of magazine clips, I realized something. I realized that Mattel has had a high-selling brunette doll before, and I realized how it happened. Let me highlight more about the American Girl company in the past.
American Girl’s Samantha Parkington
American Girl’s best-selling brunette doll!
Before the release of dolls like Julie, Caroline, Isabelle, Kailey, and many other blonde dolls in the American Girl line-ups we know today, there were very few blonde dolls. Back in the 1990s, there were only six dolls, the only blonde being Kirsten. But in the ’90s, Kirsten was one of the lower-selling dolls, while Samantha was the highest selling doll, and still remained the highest selling doll until her retirement! Why was this?
Look at the difference between Samantha and Kirsten. Samantha was the only doll with soft, pretty, curly hair at the time. She was the only doll with lovely clothes and accessories. And unlike most brunettes, she was lively, outgoing, perky, sweet, and kind. And she still sold just as well, if not better, than the blonde American Girl dolls today. Kirsten, on the other hand, had braids and a very practical wardrobe that wasn’t very glamorous to little girls.
Is it safe to say that maybe the reason why blonde dolls have been selling better than brunettes is because they are given more glamorous wardrobes and accessories?
If we look at the recent brunette dolls in the American Girl brand, either their hair is blah or their outfits are blah. For instance, Rebecca has pretty hair, but considering she’s meant to represent a time where most immigrant families were simpler, she has simpler clothing. Even the modern American Girls with brunette hair have had plain fashions and drab accessories. Look at Lindsey Bergman, Jess, and Chrissa. Their wardrobes, hair, and accessories were so plain compared to Isabelle’s glitz and glamour.
Mattel has even given their brunette My American Girls uninteresting hair styles that aren’t stylish or appealing. Samantha was the last of her kind.
But Samantha is living proof that it can be done, even throughout the 21st century. And yet, they retired their last fabulous brunette doll.
I believe the biggest problem with American Girl company and many other doll companies is how they personally view brunettes. I believe because of their deeply-rooted, subconscious biases, they are not giving the same care to brunette dolls that they are blonde dolls. They may not realize this. Sometimes, brunette dolls may help them in conveying an “average girl” kind of message, since the majority of people around the world have dark hair. Still, this encourages girls to “reach for blonde”. It’s no wonder there are so many artificial blondes in the world!
The unwillingness for companies like Mattel to make brunette dolls into feminine, kind, and glamorous characters shows something about their company. It isn’t as if they’ve never sold well from a brunette doll. The fact is they have sold well on Samantha, very well in fact, even with Julie on the scene! But what’s obvious is their approach to the new brunette dolls they’re making today. They are not putting the same effort into the dark-haired dolls.
It is the same way I feel about an African American doll. Cecile is selling better than Addy, sure enough, but her collection is still mediocre compared to that of the blonde girls who, number 1, have their OWN line, and aren’t sharing it with anyone, and number 2, have an array of accessories and playsets. If American Girl takes the ideas they usually have for their blonde characters, and gear them towards their brunettes and minority characters, I’m sure they won’t have to make as many blondes as they are making. They would not only add diversity, but make us “average” girls feel glamorous and special, just like the blonde characters.
I feel other companies have been cheating too. This goes for them: treat your brunette characters like divas too. It CAN be done. The Magic Attic Club doll brand is another good example of how it can be done. The most popular doll in that brand was Heather. Instead of putting the blonde in pink (which they ended up doing eventually with Chloe), they advertised Heather, the brunette with pink. Heather sold better than their blonde doll with the long hair. See? It’s all in how you advertise the doll. There is no excuse. Some of these companies can make successful brunette dolls, they just choose not to. Why not put the blonde in plain pigtails and drab clothes for a change? If you downplay one doll, another doll will stand out. That’s how it works. Why not let the bruns stand out sometimes, huh?
The only company that has done this is MGA with it’s line of Bratz dolls. Yasmin outsells any of their blonde dolls, and that’s why they keep making replicas of Yasmin. Why? Because they made her glamourous and pretty!
Yasmin, isn’t she beautiful?
Other companies can learn from them. Though I forget, Mattel considers them a “rival”.
That’s what I think. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
Not even several weeks into January, American Girl, LLC posts a trademark for the name Grace Thomas, and already speculations are rising.
Is she a historical doll or a Girl of the Year?
I believe she is a Girl of the Year doll. However, this is only my own speculation.
The reason I believe her to be a Girl of the Year is because American Girl already has a historical girl with a similar name, Marie-Grace. I doubt they would make another girl with a similar name. They tend to be very careful and choosy with the names they decide to use for the American Girl historicals, considering name popularity at the time or historical references the names make.
I don’t believe they will release a historical this year. There are no other names trademarked that sound even remotely historical. Honestly, the American Girl historical line isn’t very popular, and they have to make sure they release her in an appealing way.
Also, they just retired Molly. To add, historicals take research and money and time.
I have a big qualm when it comes to American Girl and their promotion of their historical line: the lack thereof.
First off, American Girl has just started airing commercials for the American Girl dolls in recent years. However, the older American Girl historical dolls didn’t receive this kind of promotion. So the modern children don’t really get exposure to dolls like Addy, Josefina, Rebecca, Julie, Ivy, Kit, Ruthie, Kaya, Marie-Grace, and Cecile. They retired the dolls that had a little promotion from their made-for-television movies. The only doll that even still has that movie privilege is Kit, and trust me, she is probably American Girl’s most popular historical doll right now. Caroline Abbott was the only historical I remember ever having a commercial. Rebecca and Julie have commercials posted online, but I’ve never seen them on tv. If they were, they weren’t on for very long.
But oh, there’s plenty of commercials for the Girl of the Year dolls. For the past three years, they’ve managed to find it in their budget to hire actors and actresses for the Girl of the Year movies, but they can’t find it in their budget to expand on the historical collection or cater to all of the historical dolls, instead of retiring them?
To add, it’s like they just don’t want to give any promotion to minority dolls. Addy, Josefina, Kaya, Cecile…where are their commercials?
Girl of the Year really gets promotion, which I understand, because they only have one year to sell. But are you going to cater to the historicals’ plummeting sales at all, Mattel? Saige and Isabelle both had commercials that promoted them. Even Good Morning America promotes Girl of the Year every New Year. The last major commercial for the historicals I remember was that McDonalds commercial in 2009.
On AmericanGirl.com’s website, in the shop section, all you see on the front page is Girl of the Year, My American Girl dolls, and Bitty Baby. The only way you can even see the American Girl historicals is if you press “dolls”.
I’m not sure what’s going on at corporate office, but due to the lack of promotion of the historical line and the lack of quality in the new dolls they are creating, I believe that the American Girl historical line is suffering. Due to this suffering, I believe Mattel will have no choice but to put the line to the back. As much as some people still want to hold on to Mattel’s appeasing lies about “preserving dolls in American Girl’s history to make room for new dolls”, if a line isn’t selling, a business will have no choice but to fund the line that IS selling. Eventually, the American Girl historical line WILL be a thing of the past. Even if Mattel doesn’t LITERALLY get rid of the dolls, because they know that most people still believe “it is the heart of the brand”, the time and effort they put into these dolls will show their lack of motivation. And it has already begun. Looking at Caroline’s mediocre line and it’s low quality, I’d say they just really aren’t into these dolls as much anymore. And it’s because kids aren’t into these dolls anymore.
I recently visited American Girl Place in Chicago, which I’ve done every four years, considering I don’t live too far away, and it is just sad how none of the little girls showed an interest in the historical dolls. I saw a small few who huddled around Marie-Grace and Cecile. The great majority of girls were upstairs with their “My American Girl dolls” and “Bitty Baby” dolls. And there is nothing wrong with these dolls, especially considering they are just like any other doll that comes out on the market, i.e., My Twin. They relate to girls. But on an honest note, they are stealing the American Girl historicals’ shine. In the end, only one line will gain Mattel’s care and attention.
I also find it ironic how Mattel can find money in the budget to create over 1 million My American Girl dolls plus Girl of the Year, and new outfits for them all the time. And at ridiculous prices! Isabelle is more expensive than any Girl of the Year before her because of a stupid hair accessory! But they can’t find it in their budget to make new historical outfits and accessories? When is the last time Marie-Grace and Cecile got anything new after they were released? It’s not as if their books were picture-less and they couldn’t grapple with a few ideas from the story. Even their collection on release was mediocre compared to it’s potential. Considering the number of musical scenes throughout their book series, I’m surprised we didn’t get any musical stands, musical note sheets, nothing from their voice lessons. How can girls even play out that scene? Or maybe even a miniature medical kit for Marie-Grace considering she helps her father in his pharmacy ALL THE TIME. They just cheated on that collection. Even the children realized it lacked effort, and that’s probably why those two dolls really didn’t do as well as they’d hoped. Whereas the My American Girl’s line of clothes has much more detail, an array of accessories, and the quality of the clothing is very similar to the quality we see in stores today.
But as seeing is believing, I believe that as long as the historicals are around, people feel comfortable. They feel that the historicals are safe, that there’s no way Mattel would get rid of their historical lines. But if we observe how much they’ve chopped up their former brands, we can kind of get the sense that they might try and do it to American Girl in the future. Looking at Myscene Barbie, we can see they have a record. The whole focus of the brand was Barbie…near the end of it’s reign, they completely replaced Barbie with Kennedy…Though they may not go to such extremes with the historicals, I believe they will cut down their production of this line.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this new girl named Grace or American Girl’s future plans!
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