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Source: American Girl

And American Girl's 2020 "Girl of the Year" Is... *Drumroll Please*


If there's some news that will bring you hope today, the last day of 2019, let it be this: American Girl's 2020 "Girl of the Year" is Joss Kendrick, a 10-year-old surfer who proudly wears a hearing aid. Joss is also a competitive cheerleader, lives in Huntington Beach, California, has a bulldog, two brothers, and wears the kind of clothes she'd probably buy at Tilly's or PacSun if she were a real person. The coolest part of all? She's officially the fist American Girl doll with a disability.

What kind of disability does Joss have?

According to American Girl president Jamie Cygielman, who told USA TODAY that Joss Kendrick has "congenital hearing loss. She was born deaf in her left ear and can hear a little bit in her right ear." A report from NIDCD shows that two out of three in every 1,000 kids in the U.S. are born with hearing loss in either one or both ears. According to Good Morning America, American Girl announced a "$25,000 donation to support the work of the Hearing Loss Association of America."