Laverne Cox Becomes the First Transgender Actress to Get Her Own Barbie Doll

Laverne Cox is officially a Barbie girl.

In honor of her 50th birthday, the doll manufacturer has decided to honor the award-winning actress, producer and writer with a personalized Barbie doll. The toy, which will be included in Tribute Collection Barbie, will celebrate the impact the transgender actress had as an advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights.

So, where can you get one? The doll is currently available on Amazon, Walmart, Target and as of May 25 (and it retails for $40).

Cox had her breakout role in the Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black, where she became the first transgender person to earn a Primetime Emmy nomination in the acting category. In 2014, she made history as the first transgender woman to grace the cover of Time magazine and became the first openly trans woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan.


In addition, Barbie will make a donation (in her name) to TransFamilySOS, a nonprofit organization that Cox holds near and dear to her heart. The initiative aims to “create a more gender affirming and accepting community,” as stated on the official website.

​​“It’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll,” the actress said in a statement. “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 like 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.”

Laverne is truly a trailblazer.

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