For some strange reason, the Smithsonian doesn’t seem all that interested in my collection of butterfly clips. Or congealed roll-on body glitter from Claire’s. Not even my stack of CDs featuring free trials of AOL, which still have 150 hours of internet usage—each!—to be claimed!
It’s appalling, honestly, because the artifacts of my life are now historic records, now that I’m an elder millennial, but at least these precious plastic heirlooms can be passed down to my daughter someday.
At least that’s what I’m telling myself, now that American Girl has released the latest in its “long line of historical characters that feature inspiring role models from pivotal eras in American history.” The pivotal era? 1999. Way back when you were only as witty as your AIM away message, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Heath Ledger were the breakout teen stars of your dreams and you were still holding out hope that Geri Halliwell would return to the Spice Girls.
The latest doll is actually a duo, fraternal twins Isabel and Nicki, who are “as alike as glitter and grunge.” Going through the two dolls’ backstories and accessories is like stepping into a time capsule: There’s a Pizza Hut BOOK IT! set, harkening back to the days when completing your school reading log meant snagging a coupon for a free personal pan pizza; a chunky cordless phone; even a tiny replica of Miss AG Bear, a plush teddy I actually owned in the ‘90s.