Monday, January 26, 2009
Malia and Sasha dolls have been created by Ty. The maker of Beanie Babies admitted basing the designs and names of the dolls on the Obama siblings, but later denied that the Sweet Sasha and Marvelous Malia dolls were made in the image of the Obama sisters.
For her part, First Lady Michelle Obama is displeased. Her spokeswoman said, "We believe it is inappropriate to use young private citizens for marketing purposes." Ty is sticking to its story that the names were chosen because they are "beautiful names."
Part of the Ty Girlz line, Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha retail for $9.99. Marvelous Malia is dressed in an aqua shirt and capri jeans while Sweet Sasha with pigtail braids wears a white and pink babydoll dress and aqua leggings. Owners of the dolls can meet each other online through the Ty Girlz virtual world.
The Obama girls controversy isn't the first time Ty has been accused of using a celebrity likeness for its dolls. For example, the Precious Paris doll is said to be based on Paris Hilton and the Lucky Lindsay on Lindsay Lohan.