The world’s first transgender doll, or doll based on a trans person, has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair.
The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings, who transitioned to living as a girl after being born biologically male.
The doll will cost £71 when it goes on sale later this year. The toy is the brainchild of Tonner Doll Company, who modelled it on Jennings, and is aesthetically inspired by the cover of her autobiography, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.
Robert Tonner of the Tonner Doll Company said: “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view-she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative. With the Jazz Jennings doll, Tonner continues its history of ground-breaking doll line introductions based on socially transformational heroes.”
Jennings is thrilled with the doll. After posting a photo of the finished product on her Instagram account, she said: “I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people. For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first ‘transgender’ doll because it’s based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that’s exactly what I am: a regular girl!”