Laverne Cox has just added one more thing to her long list of achievements, the iconic transgender actress is getting her very own Barbie released in her image.
The Barbie will be a world first and paves the way for more transgender representation.
Fans originally began petitioning for the Laverne Cox Barbie in 2018, now their dreams have come true.
Laverne Cox: “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”
Laverne Cox is well known as a trail blazer in Hollywood.
Although she is most well known for her role in Orange Is The New Black, she has been a constant voice for the transgender community.
Appearing in the Netflix documentary Disclosure in 2020 the actress talked passionately about that representation.
“I think the way trans people have been represented on screen has suggested that we aren’t real, have suggested that we’re mentally ill, that we don’t exist,” she said.
“And yet, here I am. Yet here we are, and we’ve always been here.
“I never thought I’d live in a world where trans people would be celebrated. On or off the screen.”
Now with the release of her new Barbie the star is continuing to break new ground for the transgender community.
In a video released on Instagram she talked about what the release meant for her.
“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood Barbie has been an important part of me reparenting my inner child.”
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The new Barbie will help kids “dream big”
Laverne Cox worked closely with Mattel in the development of her new Barbie.
It was a collaboration that coincided both with the stars 50th birthday and upcoming Pride celebrations.
However the development took over a year and a half with Cox providing input on all key aspects of the dolls creation.
The doll will form part of a “Tribute Collection” for Mattel.
Other stars honoured in the collection include Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Wang and Maya Angelou.
“I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on shelves and have the opportunity to add a Barbie doll modelled after a transgender person to their collection” she gushed.
“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.”