A new doll based on transgender television personality Jazz Jennings is expected to be in stores soon.
The teen activist and star of the TLC series “I am Jazz” gave fans on Instagram a sneak peek at how exactly the doll will look. The doll is believed to be the first ever to depict a transgender person. “This is the first transgender doll on the market,” she wrote, “and guess what?! It’s ME!!!”
This is the first transgender doll on the market, and guess what?! It's ME!!!😱😍 @tonnerdoll did a great job of creating this beautiful item! It will be available in July, and I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people💗 For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first "transgender" doll because it's based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!💖
Jennings clarified what exactly “the first transgender doll” means. “For those asking,” she wrote. “the doll is considered the first ‘transgender’ doll because it’s based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that’s exactly what I am: a regular girl!”
The doll was designed by Tonner Doll Co. founder Robert Tonner. He told the Associated Press how meaningful it is to have Jennings as the face of this new frontier, “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view — she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative.”
Jennings’ doll will debut next week at the New York Toy Fair, before embarking on a limited launch in July. The doll will be sold in 25-50 stores with a price tag of $89.99. If all goes well, the next step is pushing the doll into the mass market.