Laverne Cox Makes History by Inspiring the First Trans Barbie Doll

“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate award-winning actress, producer, writer and pioneer of LGBTQ+ rights Laverne Cox with a doll,” said Lisa McKnight, Mattel’s executive vice president and global head of Barbie and Dolls, in a statement. “We are proud to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance at any age and to recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Tribute Collection Barbie.”

In 2018, a fan started a petition to get Mattel to make a Laverne Cox Barbie. “Ah, that’s cute. I would like to be a Barbie doll,” Cox tweeted at the time. Four years later, this dream has come true.

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In conversation with today, Cox shared the touching story of how Barbie in particular became an important part of her journey to self-acceptance. “I told my therapist how embarrassed I was by my mother when I was a kid when I wanted to play with a Barbie doll but was refused. And I had a lot of shame and trauma because of it,” she said. “And my therapist said to me, ‘It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.’ She said, “Go out and buy a barbie and play with her. There’s a little child living inside you. Give her room to play.” And I did.” Laverne Cox Makes History by Inspiring the First Trans Barbie Doll

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