Girl from Macomb County models for American Girl as new Nanea doll

Posted at 4:46 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2018-12-01 13:45:31-05

A 13-year girl from Macomb County is doing what many girls dream of. Alyea Rourke was selected to model the new American Girl doll “Nanea”.

Nanea Mitchell is a 9-year-old in the 1941 and she and her family live in Hawaii.

"I can really relate to her because she always trying to help someone. If she sees someone that's down, she's always trying to make them happy," Rourke says.

Rourke started modeling at the age of five after being featured on the cover of a local magazine.

Since then she’s modeled for Justice and recently played a role in a short film.

Alyea spends 13-hours a week ice skating.

Rourke wants to be an anesthesiologist, a movie director, star in a major film and coach ice skaters.

"This is your life and you can live it however you want it and definitely believe in yourself and girls can do anything," she says.

Nanea is already being sold in stores.

If you want to know more about Alyea visit her Instagram: @official_alyea_deaona