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.