New ‘American Girl’ doll an aspiring astronaut

Science, smarts and outerspace — that’s what the newest American Girl doll is bringing to girls around the world.

According to Good Housekeeping, American Girl has just unveiled its newest doll for 2018: 11-year-old Luciana Vega, a girl who dreams of being the first person to travel to Mars.

To craft the doll, GH says the company teamed up with NASA employees such as NASA Astronaut Dr. Megan McArthur Behnken, former NASA chief scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan, CEO of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Dr. Deborah Barnhart and the manager of strategic alliances at NASA Maureen O’Brien to accurately design “STEM-inspired outfits and accessories, including a flight and space suit fully equipped for intergalactic travel.”

Not only does the doll come ready for any space missions that may arise, GH reports that Luciana will also receive her own three-book series courtesy of Scholastic, which will detail her experiences as she receives a scholarship to go to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Katy Dickinson, president of American Girl, praised the newest addition to their collection as a “role model for today’s girls,” as she is “empowering them to defy stereotypes, embrace risks and failures, and chart their own course in life — whatever the goal.”

Luciana and all of her accessories became available on Jan. 1. You can shop the new doll here.

Beauty knows no age

Yazemeenah Rossi is stirring up the fashion industry, but not because of her flawless skin and flowing blonde locks.

In fact, Rossi may be considered quite the opposite. A 60-year-old, silver-haired woman, Rossi is the star of the latest swimsuit ad campaign for a collaboration between fashion label The Dreslyn and lingerie brand Land of Women, according to Good HousekeepingSetting the fashion industry ablaze, the magazine says that Rossi’s ads “show off both the beautiful bathing suits and Rossi’s elegant modeling skills.”

While Rossi is certainly garnering attention for her photos, she told TODAY that being considered “revolutionary” for modeling in her sixties won’t slow her down.

“When I was younger, I was more insecure … But I always wanted to be me. When you are yourself and you don’t try to copy, you get power. And you feel that power the more you go on in life,” she said.

And the model certainly does remain true to herself; while the fashion industry priveleges young women and promotes perfection, Good Housekeeping says that Rossi “has opted to keep her hair both long and gray rather than chop and dye it.”

What’s more is that The Dreslyn did not airbrush over her wrinkles to create the illusion of smooth, blemish-free skin. Instead, they let Rossi’s natural beauty — “imperfections” and all — speak for itself.

While it is evident that Rossi is making headlines for her photos, one thing is also quite clear: she proves that true beauty knows no age.