World's first transgender doll to be unveiled at NY toy fair
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 3:23
Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses.
As one of the youngest people to be documented as transgender, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes almost half a million Instagram followers, and the latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen. "It was a great way to show my parents that I was a girl, because I could just express myself as I am".
At reportedly 18-inches in size, the toy has been created in Jazz's likeness and can be bought wearing the exact same jean shorts and pink top seen on the cover of her memoir, Being Jazz: My Life As A (Transgender) Teen.
The Tonner Doll Company unveiled their "Jazz" doll, complete with feminine hair and makeup, to the market this week, and, across the country, parents of particularly woke children rejoiced, as they no longer had to stomach the hetero-normative gender binary when choosing toys.
In a company statement, Tonner's chief executive, Robert Tonner, who personally sculpted the doll, said: "Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view - she's incredibly courageous, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative".
Esteemed doll company Tonner Doll has revealed its first doll modeled on a transgender person. "She's incredibly courageous, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative".
A press release from Tonner does not specify how much the new doll will cost, though it does note that the item will be available in specialty stores this summer. It debuted at the New York Toy Fair over the weekend. That model is expected to retail for $89.99 (£72) in the USA, while another, red-carpet-ready version of the doll will probably sell for more than $100. It will be available for purchase in July 2017 for $89.99. He said he had been inspired by Jennings ever since seeing her interviewed by Barbara Walters in 2007. "I was just so excited", she said. Thousands follow her on YouTube, where she posts her speeches, DIY craft tutorials and musings about being a transgender youth.