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Iconic actress Laverne Cox has made history as the first transgender actress immortalised as a Barbie doll.

The four-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer says the release of the doll holds a hugely special place in her heart.

Trangender Barbie

“As a kid I wanted a Barbie doll so badly and my mother did not allow me to have one,” Laverne said. “It was painful and my therapist said, ‘It’s never too late to have a happy childhood so you should go and buy yourself a Barbie and play with her’.

“And so I did, I went out and bought a Barbie doll and I played with her and I dressed her. And it was a way for me to heal my inner child. And then my mother, that Christmas, sent me a Barbie doll. It was so deeply and beautifully healing.

“Now kids get to dream with a Laverne Cox Barbie. The first transgender Barbie.”

Laverne Cox Barbie

Trangender Barbie

Laverne Cox Barbie

Laverne Cox Barbie

Trangender Barbie

The Orange Is The New Black actress’ doll wears an original design featuring a red tulle gown over a silver metallic bodysuit. Mattel said, “As a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and the first transgender woman of colour to have a leading role on a scripted TV show, Laverne Cox uses her voice to amplify the message of moving beyond societal expectations to live more authentically.”

The Barbie Collection Laverne Cox Doll (US$40) is only available through Mattel Creations.

The doll is the latest in a line of Barbie Tribute dolls, including Vera Wang.

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  • Looks normal to me…if I will not read the article I will not know.

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  • Thank you Mattel for doing this and for doing the Barbie Tribute Dolls

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  • I don’t think young kids think or see anything more to these dolls other than Barbie dolls. But I am so happy to see Martell bring acknowledgement

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  • Children will see it as another Barbie Doll to love even if they don’t know who Laverne Cox actually is

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  • Diversity and inclusivity is always great to see. Nothing wrong with these toys, representation matters.

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  • I’m not sure this is what young kids need to be thinking about at their age… whether they want to be transgender or not. I don’t think these personal adult preferences should be pushed down children’s throats

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  • Good to see large brands being inclusive.

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  • I love this. Laverne is absolutely fantastic.

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  • This is great and inclusive.

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  • The world actually needs this ???????? Gender equality and their respect is so so important which humans forget often. This will also help to teach kids in an early age about gender equality and their reSpect. Plus all genders should enjoy toys why only boys n girls why not transgenders ???????? Amazing and thoughtful✨

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  • The world actually needs this ???????? Gender equality and their respect is so so important which humans forget often. This will also help to teach kids in an early age about gender equality and their reSpect. Plus all genders should enjoy toys why only boys n girls why not transgenders ???????? Amazing and thoughtful✨

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  • Cannot see any transgender in the doll – and doubt that children will be aware who Laverne Cox is anyway.

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  • Love this- good job Barbie. Way to get everyone involved.

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  • I love that such a widely known company like Barbie is becoming more progressive and inclusive!

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  • So what makes the doll transgender? Is it just the fact it’s based on a transgender person? Or is it a woman with a penis? I am clueless ????‍♀️

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