The trailblazing actress, known for roles in “Orange is the New Black” and “Finding Anna,” has become the first trans person to have a Barbie doll created in her likeness.
Just ahead of her 50th birthday this Sunday, Mattel announced the doll Wednesday as part of its new Tribute Collection Barbie Doll series. Late comedy legend Lucille Ball and Queen Elizabeth were previously featured in the collection.
“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate award-winning actress, producer, writer and LGBTQ+ rights trailblazer Laverne Cox with a doll,” Mattel vice president and global head of Barbie and Dolls Lisa McKnight said Wednesday. “We are proud to highlight the importance of inclusion and acceptance at every age and to recognize Laverne’s significant impact on culture with a Tribute Collection Barbie.”
Cox, who became the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a scripted TV show in “Orange is the New Black,” and the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in any acting category in 2013, said it was a dream come true to have her own Barbie doll.