White House Blasts Makers of Sasha and Malia Dolls
Michelle Obama doesn't want daughters to be exploited for commerce
Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but Michelle Obama is none too happy about a toy-maker ripping off the likenesses of her young daughters for profit.
Ty Inc., the company that makes Beanie Babies, has released a pair of new dolls named Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia, both with brown skin and brown eyes, according to the New York Times.
But what seems like a sound business decision – the president’s daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, nearly stole the show at the Inaugural celebrations – has clearly miffed the Mom-in-Chief.
“We feel it is inappropriate to use young, private citizens for marketing purposes,” Mrs. Obama’s press secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said in a statement.
The Obama girls are in good company: dolls in the TyGirlz Collection include Jammin’ Jenna, Happy Hillary, Precious Paris and Bubbly Britney, according to the Times.