Tonner's 18" Miss America dolls were not on the market very long; they were produced in the early 2000s. Tonner produced a redhead, blond and brunette, and they came in a swimsuit version and a formal wear version. The brunette also came in ballet wear, presumably for the talent competition. There were a couple of outfits produced as well, one which I remember included a Miss America ball cap and casual wear. Miss America shared a body with Tonner's Kitty Collier dolls. Kitty Collier's story was that she owned a dress shop in... the late fifties, early sixties, taking a stab at it by the clothing style. There were several dressed Kitty dolls produced, and several separate outfits. 10" Tiny Kitty and her friend Simone proved more popular with doll buyers, although I remember reading that 18" Kitty is one of Tonner's favorite dolls.
I've considered selling the two dolls I own off. They aren't super articulated; their arms are jointed only at the shoulders, although their knees bend. And I don't know anyone else who owns these. But... I love their faces. I find them hauntingly beautiful.
|Wearing her original tiara|
|Wearing a tiara produced by an independent artist|
This Miss America wears a beaded brocade dress, with a column underskirt and train-like overskirt. She also has gloves, earrings, necklace, and matching brocade shoes. The necklace annoys me slightly because it is just that little bit too short so that the weight of the clasp is the heaviest part and pulls the necklace down in back.
|The shoes can be difficult to get on, since you have to twist the elastic just right.|
|The sole of one shoe has yellowed pretty badly. Probably the glue underneath.|
|I didn't bother finishing some of this. It was basically a test dress.|
|Her pumps were bought separately.|
|Miss America next to Barbie for a size comparison|
|Here she is next to her 16" inch cousin, Tonner's Sydney Chase|
|Lastly, she stands next to American Girl Samantha, who matches her in height|