May 26, 2022

Laverne Cox honoured as first transgender Barbie

The doll is the latest release as toymaker Mattel works to remake Barbie's leggy blonde image. "It's incredibly meaningful for me to have my Barbie doll for so many reasons," she said. "The space of play, playing with dolls, the space of creating worlds with dolls is that space of dreaming,"she added. The Laverne Cox doll is part of Barbie's Tribute Collection, which launched last year with a likeness of Lucille Ball and recently recognised the Queen of England in the year of her Platinum Jubilee. In recent years, Mattel has added curvier, shorter dolls in different colours; released a line of gender neutral dolls; and regularly launched new role model Barbies, recognising female astronauts and scientists, historic figures like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and pioneering sports stars, including hijab-wearing fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad."Barbie knows that representation matters and is committed to continuing to increase diversity across collections, so that more people can see themselves reflected." the company said in a statement.

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