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Laverne Cox honored as first transgender Barbie doll

She is officially a Barbie Girl.

Laverne Cox has been transformed into one of the iconic dolls to celebrate her achievements in the LGBTQIA+ community, marking the launch of Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie.

“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,” she said in a statement.

Telling people the experience was “surreal,” the actress, producer and screenwriter said: “I can’t believe it. I love her outfit.”

Cox, who cited recent anti-trans legislation and discrimination against trans children, shared his pride that Barbie could show children “there is hope and the possibility for them to be themselves. “.

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“I hope people can look at this Barbie and dream big like I did in my career,” Cox said in a statement.
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In addition to honoring the “Orange is the New Black” actress in the form of Barbie, the toy company is donating to the TransFamilySOS charity in Cox’s name.

The LGBTQIA+ advocate told People she was “very involved” in the process of creating her own doll, which was launched ahead of the star’s 50th birthday on May 29.

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“I wanted her to wear multiple outfits, but it just wasn’t cost effective,” Cox told People.
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Dressed in a burgundy corset and sheer long skirt, Laverne Cox Barbie also has a sassy bonus outfit.

Cox came up with the idea of ​​having “one outfit that could peel off and become multiple outfits,” so they created a sparkly silver jumpsuit with attached boots that Barbie wears under her red dress.

“She’s giving you a catsuit fantasy, honey,” she told E! New. “The transgender Barbie is indeed. She gives you looks. She gives you everything.

In addition to marking an exciting tribute to her accomplishments, this Barbie has deeper meaning for the E! red carpet host.

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The doll’s hair was a conversation that Cox was eager to participate in, to share with people, “we had a conversation about strengths and weaknesses because I’m blonde most of the time now, but I’m a black girl, so i need a dark root.
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Cox told Today she experienced “a lot of shame and trauma” due to her mother’s refusal to let her play with Barbies as a child.

When the star’s therapist encouraged her to buy one of the dolls as an adult, saying “there’s a little child living inside of you,” that’s exactly what she did.

His mother even gave Cox Barbies for his birthday and Christmas after the breakthrough therapy.

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This isn’t the first time Cox has pioneered the trans community; when she starred in “Orange is the New Black,” it was the first time a transgender woman of color had a starring role in a scripted television show.
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The actress’ ‘Inventing Anna’ doll brings a new wave of buzz for the iconic toy: Margot Robbie transforms into Barbie for the 2023 movie of the same name, and Barbie clothing and accessory lines have recently launched at retailers like Forever 21 and Millésime Unique.

Part of the company’s Tribute Collection, which features inspiring women like Queen Elizabeth II and Helen Keller, Cox’s Barbie is sold on Mattel’s website for $40 as well as at Walmart and Target stores.

As for Cox, she told People that being “50, being transgender and having a Barbie in my life feels like a healing moment on repeat.”