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In a heartwarming Instagram post, Mady Gosselin reflected on her cultural identity while growing up. She revealed that her first American Girl doll, whom she named Jordan, did not look like her. “[S]he did not look like me; she had blonde hair and blue eyes, by my choice. at the time, there wasn’t a doll from the line that looked like me, but more importantly, at 5, i chose a doll that reflected the way i thought I was suppose to look instead of the way I do,” she wrote. “[L]looking back, this story fills me with a gross sort of discomfort and shame.”

Mady added that she was “hyper aware” of her ethnicity from a young age. However, feeling aware and then ashamed was a “slow progression” that she didn’t notice until she was much older. “[I] want to make it known that i’m so proud to celebrate being Korean-American today. i’m proud to be a part of a community that has suffered through decades of ridicule and hate in this country (only made worse in the last 2 years) but have persevered through it powerfully and gracefully. i’m also proud that i make a kick a** kimchi !!” she added.

Mady’s fans flooded the comments section, to show their support. They also wrote about how essential it was to celebrate Asian representation. In her response to a fan, Mady admitted having struggled with racism during their school years.

Source: Nicki Swift

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