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Truly Me (originally American Girl of Today in 1995; shortened to American Girl Today in 1996; renamed Just Like You[1] in 2006; renamed to My American Girl in 2010; and renamed to the current name in 2015) is the line of clothing and dolls that are intended to reflect a more modern time than that of the Historical Characters.

Unlike the Create Your Own line, this line is not customizable or able to be designed by the purchaser, and has never been available as such.


The line has had a total of ninety-two dolls released, with different combinations of skin tone, eye color, face mold, and hair color and styles that are intended to resemble children of various ethnicities and looks. They are intended to resemble an older child within an age range of about eight to twelve years.

While it is commonly assumed that the dolls are customizable, American Girl has stated this modern line is not and has never been available to be customized.[2] Purchasers from the Truly Me line can only pick from the currently available doll selection, and parts cannot be mixed around, swapped, or adjusted. The only way Truly Me dolls can be modified at purchase is ear piercing, selecting dolls without hair, or adding hearing aids; ear piercing and hearing aids must be ordered at time of purchase and bald dolls are either available by calling in to Customer Service or ordering the four available on-site. Thus, if a doll does not come available with a specific set of looks--e.g. hazel eyes, dark skin, the Jess Mold, and red curly hair--one cannot be made or modified in this line (and is only available through the Create Your Own line at a higher cost).

American Girl does not assign official races or ethnicities to any of the dolls. The dolls' colors are defined only in terms of three skin tones--dark, medium, and light—though several molds have implied ethnicity. This allows a purchaser to decide the ethnic background of her doll herself without being tied to a race. (These terms are also applied to Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins.) Unlike the Historical/BeForever Characters, Girls of the Year, or Contemporary Characters, the dolls are not named or characterized by American Girl directly. Instead, purchasers are encouraged to name and create the doll's personality themselves.

It was common for a time for American Girl to release a modified version of a Girl of the Year after she is retired; these are called "Not!Doll's Name" by fandom.

Many of these dolls are turned into various custom characters by older collectors e.g. unique historical characters, uncreated characters from the historical books, true-to-life historical characters, and characters from other fandoms. This is due to the fact that the doll's anatomy across 18" dolls allows modern dolls to fit any historical clothing.

Doll Numbering System

See also: Visual Chart of Truly Me Dolls

The numbering system for the dolls was originally tied to the ordering codes. With the modification of the ordering codes, the numbers for the dolls are determined partially by release order and partially by American Girl. The dolls are numbered in the display cases at American Girl Place and also referred to by number on the website and in physical catalogs.

American Girl of Today/Just Like You/My American Girl/Truly Me Dolls
Just Like You 1 Just Like You 2 Just Like You 3 Just Like You 4 Just Like You 5
Just Like You 6 ★ ♦ Just Like You 7 Just Like You 8 Just Like You 9 Just Like You 10
Just Like You 11 Just Like You 12 Just Like You 13 Just Like You 14 Just Like You 15
Just Like You 16 Just Like You 17 Just Like You 18 ★ ♦ Just Like You 19 ★ ♦ Just Like You 20
Just Like You 21 Just Like You 22 Just Like You 23 Just Like You 24 Just Like You 25
Just Like You 26 Just Like You 27 Just Like You 28 Just Like You 29 Just Like You 30
Just Like You 31 Just Like You 32 Just Like You 33 Just Like You 34 Just Like You 35
Just Like You 36 Just Like You 37 Just Like You 38 Just Like You 39 Just Like You 40
Just Like You 41 Just Like You 42 Just Like You 43 Just Like You 44 Just Like You 45
Just Like You 46 Just Like You 47 Just Like You 48 Just Like You 49 Just Like You 50
Just Like You 51 Just Like You 52 Just Like You 53 Just Like You 54 Just Like You 55
Just Like You 56 Just Like You 57 Just Like You 58 Just Like You 59 Just Like You 60
Just Like You 61 Just Like You 62 Just Like You 63 Just Like You 64 Just Like You 65
Just Like You 66 Just Like You 67 Just Like You 68 Just Like You 69 Just Like You 70
Just Like You 71 Just Like You 72 Just Like You 73 Just Like You 74 ♠★ Just Like You 75
Just Like You 76 ♠★ Just Like You 77 Just Like You 78 Just Like You 79 Just Like You 80
Just Like You 81 Just Like You 82 Just Like You 83 Just Like You 84 Just Like You 85
Just Like You 86 Just Like You 87 Just Like You 88 Just Like You 89 Just Like You 90
Just Like You 91 Just Like You 92
Retired / ♦ Remodeled / ● Bald Dolls / ♠ Boy Dolls

Meet Outfits

See Modern Character Meet Outfits

Meet Outfits are the outfits the dolls are sold in; they are updated roughly every two to three years to reflect updates in children's fashion.

Meet Outfits for American Girl of Today, Just Like You, My American Girl, and Truly Me Dolls
1995: Mix and Match Outfit 1996: First Day Outfit 1998: Red Vinyl Jumper Outfit
2000: Urban Outfit 2002: Go Anywhere Outfit 2004: Ready for Fun Outfit
2006: I Like Your Style Outfit 2008: Star Hoodie Outfit 2010: Real Me Outfit
2012: True Spirit Outfit 2015: Lilac Dress 2017: Truly Me Outfit
2018: Truly Me Boy's Outfit 2020: Sparkle and Shine Outfit 2020: Casual and Cool Outfit
2021: Cool Camo Outfit 2021: Skater Dress Outfit 2021: Girly Graffiti Outfit
2022: Seriously Stylish Outfit
★ Unique Meet Outfit

Outfits, Accessories, and Furniture

See: List of Truly Me Outfits, List of Truly Me Accessories, List of Truly Me Furniture

Along with the dolls, American Girl releases outfits regularly that are intended to reflect the current or recent fashion trends for modern children. Outfits generally are assumed to have a life cycle of about two to three years, while accessories and furniture tends to last for upwards of three to five years. This can be shorter or longer; many holiday outfits, for example, only last through a single holiday season before retirement. Outfits and accessory sets reflect the styles of the era they are released in.

Starting in Fall 2016, Modern Mix and Match Sets that consist of multiple à la carte items began to be released; these are advertised in various combinations, and consumers can purchase as few or as many of the components desired.

With more acknowledgement of disabilities and allergies, accessory sets have included references to disability beyond the use of a wheelchair and glasses such as diabetes, hearing aids, allergy and asthmatic needs, assistance animals, and other physical disability and health needs.


1995: American Girl of Today

Twenty different dolls were originally released as the American Girl of Today line in 1995. Children were encouraged to create their own characters that were part of history, with the tagline "You're Part of History Too!"; marketing focused on the line as a modern parallel of the cultivated Historical Characters. Each doll came with a set of six blank books and matching writing guides written by Valerie Tripp, intended to guide a child through story writing for the character.

Several released outfits, accessories, and items were intended to mimic the Historical Collections with Meet, School, Holiday, Birthday, Summer, and Winter like collections.

Mini Grin Pins, which were sold with American Girl of Today outfits from 1995 to 2003.

Outfits often came with sheets of miniature Grin Pins stickers, to mimic the Dress Like Your Doll outfits that came with the full sized Grin Pins.

American Girl of Today Starter Collection

For a period, starter collections could be purchased similar to those of Historical Collections. The starter collection consisted of the following items (but no included doll) for $195:

There was also a full Birthday collection that included multiple components for a birthday celebration, similar to the Birthday Collections of Historical Characters.

1998: American Girl Today

The first American Girl Today Logo.

The line was slightly renamed to "American Girl Today" in 1998. The dolls now came with only one blank book (the "meet" book) and a writing guide. The meet outfit began to change more frequently.

Initial releases of the Girls of the Year were released under the American Girl Today logo.

2000: Mattel Ownership

Soon after the release of dolls in the Urban Outfit, the writing books were phased out.

2001: New Mattel Dolls

The first Mattel Doll, #21, was released, which was the first new doll in the line since the initial launch.

2004: First Doll Retirements

For the first time, dolls in the American Girl Today Line were retired: #9, #10, and #20. As #19 had already been modified to have green eyes in 1999, this removed every grey-eyed modern doll from the line, and all grey-eyed dolls available at the time except Molly. This has been retroactively been assumed to be because the color was more prone to the silver eye defect.

2006: Just Like You

In 2006, the line was renamed "Just Like You."[1] The dolls were re-marketed as avatars or friends of the children who would be purchasing them, rather than emphasizing the idea of a modern child's place in history. The targeted child was encouraged to see the new character as a buddy or playmate that was much like them, and enjoyed the same activities, hobbies, and personality traits they might.

This change in marketing led to several miscommunication issues about the line, as multiple purchasers and customers misinterpreted the name and wrongly assumed that dolls were customizable, could be customized for the user, or could be/were designed to resemble a child recipient. Many people complained that dolls did not come in enough variety to represent the recipient, especially children. American Girl firmly emphasized that the theme behind the name was that the creation of the doll's personality and interests and ties to the modern era were to be just like the target-age child, not the doll's specific looks.

2007: Bangs Adjusted

In 2007, the bangs of many of the dolls began to be modified to finer, wispier bangs. #7, #14, and #19 were the first to have modified bangs; in 2008 #2, #4, #5, #12, #13, #16, and #17 were all given finer bangs.

2008: Earrings and Ear Piercing

When #27 was initially released, she came with attached silver star earrings. In 2008, her earrings were removed and any Just Like You Doll could be modified at purchase to have pierced ears. Dolls came with a package of six studs and danglers to mix and match, the Silver Star Earrings.

2009: Largest Release of Dolls

In 2009--after releasing new modern dolls in relatively small amounts--twenty new dolls were released simultaneously in September of that year. This took the number of dolls that had ever been available through both the American Girl of Today and Just Like You line (including all retired dolls) from thirty-two to fifty-two and was the largest single release of dolls since the start of the line. This also included the first use of the Jess Mold and Sonali Mold in the line.

2010: My American Girl

The My American Girl Logo.

With the launch of Innerstar University, the line was renamed My American Girl. The dolls were still marketed as companions or friends, but with less misinterpretation on the idea of a doll being just like the targeted child in looks (even though this was never the intention of the line) or being a representation. The website helped encourage the consumer to design any character by personality traits, and focused more on independent character creation. Doll items such as clothes now came with charms to collect (see details below) and information and codes for joining Innerstar University.

Meet Outfits were not available for a separate purchase directly due to the outfits coming with included Innerstar codes.


See Also: Visual Chart of My American Girl Charms

At the same time the line was rebranded to My American Girl, charms were offered with most outfits[3]. Nine Personality Traits were noted, with specified logos and colors:

  • Brave: Dark Magenta Star Logo
  • Confident: Turquoise Round Flower w/Leaves
  • Fair: Magenta Converging wavy lines
  • Kind: Light Green Heart
  • Loyal: Pink Butterfly
  • Proud: Three Orange Shooting Stars
  • Real: Periwinkle Star w/ Converging Half-circle Arches
  • Smart: Dark Orange Starburst
  • Strong: Purple Flower

Charms came in four styles:

The "Brave" Round Charm.

  • Rectangular Charm in assigned color with text of personality trait in white[4]
  • Heart Charm with trait logo in assigned color and coordinated color background
  • Square Charm with trait logo in coordinated color (same as used with Heart Charms) and in assigned color background
  • Round Charm with white background, logo in assigned color, and assigned color border.

The combination of charm style and personality trait made for thirty-six unique charms. Charms came on small tri-folded pamphlets, with the charms on small cards (thus allowing a generic card for all charms). The paper names the charm, and has a quote from a child age 8-12 about the personality trait. Charms were marketed as items to be added to the necklace that is included with meet outfits, much in the style of Add-A-Girl necklaces from the 90s. They were also considered visual ways to define a doll's personality.

Starting in 2015, outfits no longer came with charms and American Girl stated on their official Facebook page that they would start to be phased out.[5]

2012: Bald Dolls and Hearing Aids

For the first time, modern bald dolls became available, as well as hearing aids as a permanent modification to any modern doll. While bald dolls initially had to be specially ordered directly from customer service or on site at stores, hearing aids were able to be applied at purchase including at American Girl Place locations.

Bald dolls were later made available on the website starting in 2017.

2015: Truly Me

The Truly Me logo.

The line was renamed Truly Me and meet outfits were once again made available as a separate purchase for a brief time. Innerstar codes were no longer bundled with meet outfits with American Girl discontinuing support for Innerstar University by that November.

Dolls now came with a Truly Me activity set (officially the Me-and-My Doll Activity Set); a box that includes idea cards for imaginative doll play, doll crafts, recipes, and quizzes, and advice for children.

The default earrings for piercing became the Stars and Hoops Earrings.

2016: Toys R Us Availability

Dolls on a limited basis became available at Toys R Us American Girl locations. At the same time, the Me-and-My Doll Activity Set began to be phased out.

2018: Boy Dolls and Added Tones

In 2018 after the release of the first boy doll, Logan Everett, four male dolls were released into the Truly Me Line: #74, #75, #76, and #77. The dolls were given modified face molds with slightly thicker jawlines and closed mouths, and painted with thicker brows. They came in unique, more masculine meet outfits. With their release, more masculine outfits were offered.

Also, new dolls expanded the range of tones with new tones of a very light light tone, lighter medium, and "darker" dark tone. The tones are still called dark, medium, and light.

2019: Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them Book

Truly Me dolls now came with a paperback copy of Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them. For a brief time--from August 2019 until May 2020--the price of dolls across the line (and brand) dropped to $98.

2020: Uniquely-Colored Hair Dolls

Starting in 2020, dolls started to be released with unique "dyed hair" colors, capitalizing on the current trend of children and adults dying or accenting their hair in bright colors. This was initially launched with #86 and #88, followed later by #87.

2021: Street Chic Dolls

In March 2021, three new dolls were released as part of the Truly Me Street Chic Collection. The dolls are dressed in more urban-style fashions and like the three dolls before them, they had uniquely colored hair in bright dye-like colors. The dolls also had unique meet outfits that only came with individual dolls, though all three dolls shared the Chic and Stylish Accessories as meet accessories. These dolls are:

In 2022, a fourth doll, Just Like You 92, was released in the Seriously Stylish Outfit and with new meet accessories, the Seriously Stylish Accessories.

2022: New Default Earrings and Ineligibility for Refunds

The default earrings for piercing became the Shooting Stars Earrings. American Girl also stated that any dolls purchased with pierced ears would be ineligible for refunds (along with all Create Your Own dolls).

Criticism of the Line

De-emphasis of Unique Character Creation

With the switch of the line to "Just Like You", critics initially pointed out that the line no longer emphasized the dolls as characters in time or encouraged writing or creative character design. This was most prominently seen with the I Like Your Style Outfit, which came with a book and CD that had a pop song on it. The critique was that the book did not encourage a young child to begin creating their own stories, personality, or character for the doll. The second book released, Fun with Your Doll, encouraged doll play and creativity; however, after the Star Hoodie Outfit was retired, no further books were included with dolls until 2019, when the book Friends: Making Them and Keeping Them began to be included with every doll.

With the promotion of Innerstar University, the line once again emphasized character creation albeit in the venue of online interactivity. The Me-and-My Doll Activity Set encouraged creative play, but did not heavily emphasize character creation or development. The line continues to offer moderate concepts for doll interaction and creativity in play, including unique traits to consider during purchase and in ideas for character personality.

Feminine Outfits

The line has caught criticism due to the hues of the outfits leaning towards pinks and pastels and the general lean towards more feminine clothes. Many outfits under Pleasant Company varied in both style and colors and several outfits had darker, neutral, earthy tones. Most outfits now are in pastel hues with several outfits having elements of pink and purple. There are fewer outfits that vary in activity and several more feminine activities such as ballet, though sports continue to be included.

This has become slightly mitigated with the introduction of boy dolls. While outfits are mostly displayed on one or the other, they can always be purchased for dolls of any gender.

Lack of Racial Diversity

While there have been many dolls released (not including remodels) across the life of the line, the majority of the dolls can be mapped visually to a white background and phenotype. The original release of the line included three dolls with the Addy Mold and one unique Asian Mold; only four of the first twenty dolls released did not have "light" skin. 2006 was the first time a modern doll was released with the Josefina Mold, #28. Up until 2008, where the Jess Mold was used for the first time, there had been only one East Asian mold available--#4, who does not share her face with any other dolls and has since been retired. In 2009, two dolls were given the Sonali Mold--the first time a face mold had been used multiple times at release since 1986.

It also seemed for a while that one doll was exchanged for another; for example, #31 came out the same time #18 was retired. This happens with several dolls, however--#3 was retired for #32.

Around 2010, the skin tone for "dark" dolls became a lighter, more red-toned brown than previously; the "medium" tone so far appears to be the same. Furthermore, the Addy mold had appeared to be phased out, being replaced with the Sonali Mold for dolls that are perceived as black. This was later corrected with the release of dolls such as #80, #85, and #91 who all have a very dark skin tone (and #85 having the Addy face mold).

These situations leads to some people, seeking more diverse dolls, to make custom dolls. Some purchase Historical Character dolls and dress them as moderns or purchase moderns and customize them to diversify their collections.

With the launch of Create Your Own, purchasers may add more options and variance to their collection, albeit at a higher initial purchase cost. The World by Us line is specifically about named diverse characters.

Emphasis of the Modern Line over Historical Characters

With Mattel's purchase of the line, the modern line and the Girls of the Year line have received more emphasis--they frequently have the most space in catalogs and in stores and while outfits come out multiple times a year for modern dolls, other lines such as Historical Characters often only receive small releases of items and there is a lack of new items for extended time periods. Some stores are laid out to overemphasize the modern line, giving them more space.

This has sometimes been interpreted as the reason for diminished items and collections for all Historical Characters (which were the initial reason for the creation of American Girl) and that--since unnamed modern characters no longer push a historical or character aspect--the products are seen as a lot more transitional toys or status items instead of educational. However, it is incorrect that American Girl has ever wholly discontinued the Historical Character line; while several Historical Characters have been archived, the Historical Character line itself has always remained available with multiple various characters since the start of the company, and many have been rereleased.

With the launch of BeForever and continued new Historical characters, the Historical line continues to get emphasis and focus.

Customization/Purchaser Resemblance Misinterpretations

Many people have assumed, incorrectly, that modern dolls can be or were at some point during the line able to be customized or designed through the company, that the dolls available are designed and marketed to specifically resemble a child (particularly young white girls), or that "doll matching" the customer is the intent of the line.

While a doll may resemble a child--especially if the child is female, light skinned, and/or white, as there are more available options in those categories that have been released--American Girl did not offer any customized or designable dolls for modern dolls before the launch of the Create Your Own line in 2017. American Girl has never pushed the idea that any doll should specifically or exactly resemble the intended consumer[2] and encourages character creation beyond the resemblance of the end consumer. Outside of bald dolls (which are offered to sympathize with conditions causing hair loss), ear piercings, and hearing aids, dolls only are sold as-is outside of the Create Your Own Line. Furthermore, highly customized dolls or altered dolls cannot be repaired through the American Girl Hospital; if there are signs a doll has been customized heavily outside of the company, then the doll will be considered unable to be repaired and returned as-is.

The intent of the line at launch was to show how history was current as well as in the past; there were no ads or marketing about having purchasers specifically select dolls that resembled the intended recipient and focus on their direct resemblance. One of the first marketing lines was "you're a part of history too!", emphasizing how history was not just events from the past but current events as well. This was promoted by the six blank books that came with dolls which were intended to parallel the Historical Character central series and encourage documentation of the then-present; at least one book was available until almost 2000.

During the era when the line was called Just Like You, this misinterpretation was even more prominent and still lingers in being able to filter dolls by hair color, eye color, and skin tone online. However, the filters are only that--filters--and are not custom selection; if a doll is not available with brown hair, tan skin, and green eyes, the filter will not offer a link to the Create Your Own line and simply will not show any available dolls. "Just Like You" was more accurately targeted to emphasize that the doll's characterization, era, and/or personality could resemble the consumer—thus being just like them in that way—and not the features specifically.

The Create Your Own line is and has been the only separately customizable or designable line available from American Girl; it too, is not marketed with emphasis of creating a doll that exactly resembles a purchaser, but intended to design unique dolls.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 This Wiki was started in 2008, when this was the name of the line. Rather than have to systematically change the name of hundreds of articles and dozens of dolls with every new name change, we continue to use the obsolete name. See Category:Just Like You for more details.
  2. 2.0 2.1 American Girl's confirmation on non-customization on the official Twitter account.
  3. Charms were generally not included with singular items (such as t-shirts), Purchase With Purchase items, underwear, or shoes.
  4. These charms are square, but with a hole in the center and text on all four sides; thus the charm displays rectangular.
  5. Reference.