by Photo courtesy of Mattel

Mattel Creations released a doll to pay tribute to Laverne Cox, a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, an Emmy-winning producer, and activist. 

The company released what it calls “Barbie Tribute Collection Laverne Cox Doll on Wednesday. The doll is on the market for $40 and is available on AmazonWalmartTarget, and

Mattel highlights that “as the first transgender woman of color 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.” 

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate award-winning actress, producer, writer, and LGBTQ+ rights trailblazer 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 every age and to recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Tribute Collection Barbie.” 

The company said it is donating to TransFamilySOS, a more gender-affirming and accepting community”. 

Cox said in a statement, “it’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll”.

“I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modeled after a transgender person to their collection. I hope that people can look at this Barbie and dream big as I have in my career. The space of dreaming and manifesting is such a powerful source and leads you to achieve more than what you originally thought was possible,” Cox said. 

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