Laverne Cox makes history as Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie

Laverne Cox makes history as Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie: ‘I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves’

Laverne Cox has made history as Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie, just days ahead of her 50th birthday on Sunday.

Following the exciting announcement, the 49-year-old performer could barely contain her excitement as she raved about a doll being made in her lifelessness. 

‘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,’ she said in a statement, obtained by Page Six. 

A doll! Laverne Cox has made history as Mattel's first-ever transgender Barbie; seen in 2016

A doll! Laverne Cox has made history as Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie; seen in 2016

While speaking about making history as Mattel’s first transgender Barbie, the Orange Is the New Black actress said the experience was ‘surreal.’

Additionally, the Inventing Anna actress explained to People how the doll is a major win for the LGBTQ community amid disturbing proliferation of anti-trans bills. 

She went on to describe how this is a bit of ‘hope and possibility’ for trans people in a year where ‘over 250 pieces of anti-trans legislation have been introduced in state legislatures all over the country.’

An honor: Following the exciting announcement, the 49-year-old performer could barely contain her excitement as she raved about a doll being made in her lifelessness

An honor: Following the exciting announcement, the 49-year-old performer could barely contain her excitement as she raved about a doll being made in her lifelessness

Grateful: While speaking about making history as Mattel's first transgender Barbie, the Orange Is the New Black actress said the experience was 'surreal'

Available for purchase: Cox's doll retails for $39.99 and can be bought now at major retailers as well as Mattel’s website

‘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,’ she said in a statement, obtained by Page Six

‘In this environment where trans kids are being attacked, that this can also be a celebration of transness, and also a space for them to dream, understand and be reminded that trans is beautiful,’ Cox continued. 

As for the design process, she was ‘very involved’ and had notes like ‘can we make her look more like me’ and to be ‘more African American.’

‘And we had a conversation about highlights and lowlights because I’m blonde most of the time now, but I’m a Black girl, so I need a dark root,’ the Emmy-winning producer added. 

Full circle: As a child, Cox revealed her mother forbid her from playing with Barbie dolls because she 'was assigned male at birth' (pictured in April, 2022

Full circle: As a child, Cox revealed her mother forbid her from playing with Barbie dolls because she ‘was assigned male at birth’ (pictured in April, 2022

Of the subject, she concluded: ‘And we had a whole conversation about how they can’t do that, but they could do dark low lights.’ 

As a child, Cox revealed her mother forbid her from playing with Barbie dolls because she ‘was assigned male at birth.’

Upon reflecting on this traumatizing experience during her upbringing in her 30s, the stars said her therapist reminded her ‘it’s never too late to have a happy childhood, and what you should do for your inner child is go out and buy yourself a Barbie doll.’

‘I played with my Barbie, and I told my mom what my therapist had said. And that first Christmas after that, my mom sent me a Barbie doll,’ she gushed. ‘And she’s been sending me Barbies for Christmas and for my birthday.’

Making history: Cox has previously broken barriers as the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role in a scripted TV show on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black; seen earlier this month

Making history: Cox has previously broken barriers as the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role in a scripted TV show on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black; seen earlier this month

Receiving her first doll from her mother made her ‘bawl’ in happiness.

‘I’m just so grateful that I’ve been able to be in this process. It’s a process of reclaiming my inner child, healing her, giving her what she didn’t have the first go-round,’ she added. 

Cox has previously broken barriers as the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role in a scripted TV show on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. 

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