American Girl Melody Ellison

Name: Melody Ellison

Made by and When: American Girl, 2016

Material: Vinyl head, arms, and legs; cloth body

Height: 18 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black shoulder-length wig with bangs and flipped ends/brown sleep eyes/smiling mouth with two upper teeth

Clothes: Wears yellow and turquoise houndstooth, sleeveless dress with turquoise collar, turquoise bow underneath the collar and one matching bow on both lower sides of the dress; white undies, white knee-high socks, turquoise flat shoes; has a turquoise cloth headband

Other: This doll uses the same head sculpt as American Girl Sonali and Cécile Rey. Representing the Civil Rights era, Melody Ellison is the first modern African American doll in the Historical Doll Collection. She represents a 9-year-old girl growing up in Detroit in the mid-1960s. She is a singer and enjoys the music produced by her hometown record company, Motown. Includes the book, No Ordinary Sound Volume 1 by Denise Lewis Patrick. Like other American Girl dolls, several separately-sold accessories and clothing based on the doll’s theme were produced. A mini all-vinyl 6-1/2-inch doll with an abridged copy of the book, No Ordinary Sound (seen in the slideshow images), was sold separately. Read more about Melody Ellison here.

Slideshow (Use the right or left arrow to view the slideshow).


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Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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