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First transgender Barbie doll released in tribute to Alabama native Laverne Cox

(WGHP) – Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, activist and, now, a Barbie doll.

Mattel Creations has released what it describes as a “Laverne Cox Tribute Collection Barbie Doll”. The doll, released Wednesday, retails for $40 and is available at Amazon, Walmart, Target and MattelCreations.com.

  • Laverne Cox poses with Barbie doll in her likeness.  (Photographer Elizabeth Braunstein courtesy of Mattel)
  • Laverne Cox poses with Barbie doll in her likeness.  (Photographer Elizabeth Braunstein courtesy of Mattel)

Mattel bills Cox as “the first transgender woman of color to have a starring role in a scripted television show” and released the doll ahead of the actress’ 50th birthday. The company is also donating to TransFamilySOS, a nonprofit that works to create “a more assertive, gender-accepting community,” according to Mattel.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate actress, producer, writer and LGBTQ+ rights pioneer Laverne Cox with a doll,” said Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel. “We are proud to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance at any age and to recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Barbie Tribute Collection.”

Laverne Cox, a Mobile, Alabama native who attended Alabama School of Art, released her own statement and said, “I’ve dreamed of working with Barbie to create my own doll. I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on the shelves and have the opportunity to add a transgender-inspired Barbie doll to their collection. I hope people can look at this Barbie and dream big like I did in my career. The space to dream and manifest is such a powerful source and leads you to achieve more than you initially thought possible.

The doll wears what Mattel describes as an “original triple-threat design, with a dark red tulle dress draped gracefully over a dazzling silver metallic bodysuit.”

The doll was designed by Barbie Signature Lead Designer Carlyle Nuera. Nuera’s past work includes Barbie dolls of Vera Wang, Eleanor Roosevelt and Maya Angelou, among others.