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Barbie has released its first-ever transgender doll, inspired by iconic actress Laverne Cox / LGBTQ Nation

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To celebrate the 50th birthday of iconic transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox, Mattel is releasing a Barbie Tribute Collection doll made in her likeness. It is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of the pioneering artist.

Barbie worked with Cox to ensure the doll captured her fashion sense. He comes in his signature blonde hair, a deep oxblood red tulle dress, heeled boots, silver earrings, and a sparkling silver metallic bodysuit that shows off his fierce and fun sense of style.

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“As a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and the first transgender woman of color to have a starring role in a scripted television show, Laverne Cox embodies the values ​​of the Tribute Collection,” Mattel said in a statement. communicated.

In an interview with people magazine, Cox said, “I am so grateful to have been able to participate in this process. It’s a process to get my inner child back, to heal her, to give her what she didn’t have in the first round. So turning 50 and being transgender and having a Barbie in my life feels like a healing moment on repeat.

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The collection, launched last year, pays tribute to powerful women who have inspired others and changed history. The collection debuted with comedian Lucille Ball and English monarch Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her 96th birthday.

Since few children have probably seen Cox’s performances in Orange is the new black, DoubtWhere rocky horror remake, the doll will likely be the most sought after by her adult fans.

The doll marks the first time Mattel has released a transgender Barbie doll. But notably, the doll is not the first LGBTQ person to be transformed into Barbie. In 2019, Barbie released a doll modeled after champion lesbian athlete Billie Jean King as part of its Inspiring Women series.