A White-Bodied Doll is a term that refers to dolls that have white muslin bodies instead of flesh-toned ones that match the limbs. They are a sign of the doll being one of the first dolls produced by American Girl.
Only three dolls have been or can ever be white bodied--Samantha, Kirsten, and Molly. At the time all the clothing offered for the dolls fully covered the body with collars up to the neck and so did not spoil the visual look of the dolls.
The cloth bodies were changed to matching colors with Felicity due to the low-cut necklines of colonial fashions. While there are rumors of white-bodied Felicity dolls, they have never been proven true.
There are some slight differences between these and Pre-Mattel Dolls.