Growing up as an American girl, I was lucky enough to possess three historical American Girl dolls: Kirsten, the plucky Swedish frontier girl; Felicity, the plucky colonial; and Addy, the plucky escaped slave. I’m still waiting for American Girl to release “Amanda,” the disagreeable, middle-class ’90s girl who collects American Girl dolls.

If you think your daughter or adolescent female friend has that same doll-worthy charm, here’s her chance to become a plucky fashion model!

This November, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will be hosting four American Girl fashion shows to benefit the society’s Children’s Vision Screening program. According to a press release, “The models do not have to be professionals, but girls with confidence and sparkle will make the show exciting for the audience.” Confident, sparkling girls will also excite by fitting the following “ideal” measurements:

• Girls must be either a size 10 or 6x
• Size 10 must be 54″ to 56″ in height, 28½” chest size and 24″ waist size
• Size 6x must be 48″ in height, 25¼” chest size and 22½” waist size

Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. The casting call’s $25 fee includes a 5 x 7 inch photo and “a gift bag with snacks, water and a few surprises!” Modeling applications are available on-site, or by emailing

Commence the prepubescent chest measuring!

Photo by Jeff Sandquist