Two amazing #InspiredByRealKids Lottie role-models – Taylor and Allie – have been honoured at the Teen Vogue Summit as two of their ‘21 under 21’ list. The Teen Vogue Summit was hosted by editor in chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth, from 1st - 2nd December in Los Angeles, California. The 21 Under 21 class of 2017 were honoured with this title as they are tackling today’s biggest challenges with cutting-edge innovation, culture-shifting creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. This is what Lottie was invented for!
Taylor & Allie inspired are both hugely inspirational role models to Lottie, and it comes as no surprise to us that they have been awarded this honour. The Teen Vogue Summit was created to bring Teen Vogue to life; bringing ‘opportunities to learn new skills that'll help you achieve your goals from experts across fields like entrepreneurship, tech, and activism; and the chance to connect IRL with fans and readers who share common passions and interests.’
Allie (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) inspired Robot Girl Lottie and Busy Lizzie the Robot following her own robot creation made completely from recyclable materials for a school science fair when she was just 6-years old. Allie, who also goes by ‘Robot Maker Girl’ or ‘Tech-nic-Allie’, is a true inventor; she does not see problems as obstacles, she sees them as opportunities to learn and create something new.
Allie was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Discovery Education Young Scientist Challenge, and made it to the top 10 finalists. She entered the competition after encouragement from her science teacher, and her invention is a medical device aimed at children, called the incentive spirometer. This device helps patients improve lung functionality, and kids must use these multiple times a day in hospital - so Allie created her darts game to make this experience more fun for kids, which also records the data for the hospital!
Taylor (Jacksonville, Florida) is an aspiring astronaut, and it’s no surprise that she inspired Astro Adventure outfit set. She aims to be the first African American woman on Mars, and her passion for astronomy, along with her volunteerism and literacy efforts has seen Taylor; meet her idol physician and NASA astronaut, Dr Mae Jemison, attend the UN Women’s Summit in the White House and become one of the youngest children to ever attend Space Camp. This weekend saw her meet another idol – two-time Academy Award Nominee Ava DuVernay, director of The 13th and Selma for which she became the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for best picture.
Taylor recently raised over $20,000 to send over one thousand underprivileged youths to see the Hidden Figures film, and inspired similar campaigns in 72 cities raising over $120,000. Taylor’s mission to explore new opportunities and continue to pay it forward for girls while bringing more representation to the table, makes her the perfect Lottie role model - and the Inspired by Real Kids featurette, helps to share Taylor’s incredible story.
Six real girls inspired diverse Lottie doll designs to date – and now, we have committed that in all designs going forward, children will permanently play a role in the inspiration of all Lottie products. Monthly competitions online and in-store, which began in September 2017, all kids to have a say in what they want to see next in the Lottie line, with the aim to empower kids to create what they want to see, be, and play with. Find out more and enter the Inspired by Real Kids competition, here.
It is incredibly important that kids see themselves reflected in the toys they play with, and diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the business. The company invites families to participate on our website where they can enter their designs and become the next Lottie inspiration as well as in their local participating independent toy stores. 12 products will be launched per year, following the monthly themed ‘Inspired by Real Kids’ competitions. 10% of the profits from our #InspiredByRealKids products will be donated to Children’s charities.
Some of the other girls that have inspired Lottie products include Cadence, the inspiration behind Gone Fishing outfit set. Check her out, here.
In 2014 when we noticed females were underrepresented we ran a competition to design a Superhero Lottie. Lily, then aged 6 years old, from Ohio provided the winning entry. Find out more about Lily, here.
In 2015 we developed Stargazer Lottie inspired by an idea by Abigail from Canada, after partnering with the European Space Agency to encourage more girls to develop an interest in STEAM Stargazer Lottie was included in Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, read more about their story, here.
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Lottie dolls, an Irish doll company who believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and aim to reflect that in their collection. Developed alongside academics in child development, unlike other dolls, Lottie Finn and Friends are based on nine-year-old children, the dolls are therefore relatable to all the elements of childhood – Lottie’s motto is Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!
Six of the Lottie products to date have been inspired by ideas from real children from around the world. When launching Lottie, the vision was to create a range of dolls that would empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative and adventurous and - most of all – to have fun!
Lottie Dolls are now on sale in over 30 countries and here, on www.lottie.com
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