Coke-a-cola is a brand than undeniably has been associated with American culture, but was surrounded in controversy in 2014 when they aired a commercial that had ‘America the Beautiful’ sung in an array of different languages (English, Spanish, Tagalog, Keres, Hindu, Senegalese-French, Mandarin and Hindu). Many viewers saw the ad as “un-American”, and that it should only be in english to be constituted as “American”, but the question then lies in what makes something American, and what does it mean in relation to girlhood? In Kirsten’s readings, we see the concept “American” within these ideals of democracy and liberty through her expression of her heritage regardless of her current residency in America, where she is free to be herself, and we see the American aspects of the coke commercial within their diverse interpretations of “America is Beautiful”, each different not only in the language itself, but in the culture of the girls heritage. Kirstens culture often is depicted through her language, her freedom that she feels to speak Swedish at home with her family, and her mannerisms that she carries throughout the books. While learning english in school, she still carries her culture of being an immigrant, fondly remembering her travel on The Eagle, and remembering the connections she has from Sweden. In this aspect, it is not the fact that she is living in America that makes her “American”, but rather her immigrant culture tied along with the values of “liberty” and “freedom”, key ideas surrounding the concept of America (Gruesz, 17). Her values of living freely with Singing Bird and her desire to not be tied down to merely school shows her value in the freedom in expression, desiring to keep her own culture without being forced to assimilate to the dominant culture. Her “American Girlhood” lies within her curiosity for something other than the culture at hand, her lying outside of the norms set for her as a girl who should be submissive, but keeps resisting assimilation. The coke commercial very much resembles this aspect of diversity among immigrant culture, just as Kirsten’s story does. Each piece is sung by a different American Girl, one who is proud of their cultural history and believes it makes them unique in America. Their ideals of freedom of expression aligns with what we’ve read in our “America” piece, using their diversity to advocate for “democratic equality. The concept of their girlhood, just like Kirsten, lies outside of the expected norm to submit, as they refuse to conform to an English-speaking America in which would try to suppress their own ideals they hold close. As said in the concept reading, America is best in its common people, so it is them who decides what is American, just as these girls singing America The Beautiful aim to do. Ultimately, their “americanness” lies in their freedom to express themselves as an everyday “American girl”, regardless of their cultural or national background. In that, they truly are the epitome of our shared values of liberty, democracy, and freedom for all.