Mountain Mayhem: She’s an American Girl
I love receiving invitations to events that might not be on my typical trajectory, as they often lead to meeting interesting people and learning something new. For example, when EKS Events put together a lovely launch party for the American Girl “Girl of the Year 2022,” I RSVPed with a plus one and a friend and I headed over to The Ski Lounge, upstairs at Casa Tua, for the morning reception on New Year’s Eve. The popular dollmaker revealed their new character at the ski-themed celebration with an array of festive beverages, desserts, a ski lift photo booth, face painting and more.
The doll named Corinne Tan lives here in Aspen, is Chinese-American, a ski racer, and has a pup named Flurry whom she plans to train to be a ski patrol rescue dog. She also has the first “little sister doll” named Gwynn.
To add to the backstory, Aspen High School senior Ronnie Jade Bedford is the inspiration behind the 2022 doll and was a gracious guest of honor at the Casa Tua event, spending time with guests of all ages. Ronnie was adopted as a baby in China by her parents Jodi Jacobson and Allen Bedford and has been raised here in the Roaring Fork Valley. She and I have a personal connection, as I had the pleasure of being Ronnie’s mentor back when she was in middle school. She joined me to DJ at a party, assisted with taking names and photos at a party for my ATW column, helped with my main job of managing public relations at The Little Nell with some organizational projects and even helped watch my son at our annual Tree Lighting at The Nell. I learned so much from her as well with her ski racing interest, her embracing being an only child, her appreciation for her Chinese ancestry and her dedication to her studies (she’s headed to Colorado College in the fall).
Young friends Rowan, Riley and Zelda were happy to be at the Casa Tua event and said they like the 2022 American Girl doll because “she’s like us,” a skier growing up in Aspen.
To further support the role of Corinne as the first doll of Asian descent, American Girl has partnered with AAPI Youth Rising, a middle school youth organization that recently launched a pledge requesting schools devote at least one day of the school year to Asian history and culture.