Maybe it's because I grew up in a woodsy region of the US that had a lot of people of Scandinavian descent, but it seemed like every girl I knew had Kirsten. I had Samantha, and I never knew anyone else who did! The description of people who owned Samantha couldn't be much further from the truth for me. I just chose her because her hair and eyes were the same color as mine. I always hated Barbie dolls and refused to play with them because, when I was little, Barbies never had dark brown hair. Even as a young child, I was offended by that.