US teenager Jazz Jennings’ looks inspired the world’s first transgender doll that was recently unveiled at the New York Toy Fair. During the American International Toy Fair, the people of New York City enjoyed the beautiful prototype of the 18-inch doll. Jazz (16) became famous after the release of a documentary based on her life. She was recognised as the youngest transgender person ever documented.
The exact replica of Jazz is a plastic doll regardless of gender preference, sending out a message of inclusion. Kids aged 8 years and older would be able to take this doll home very soon with just for $89.99.
“I’m a doll!” Jennings posted on her Facebook page while thanking Robert Tonner, the designer of the doll.
“I think this sends a very positive message about the transgender community,” she told in a NYT interview last week.
Jazz, who was born male, but later chose to be identified as female at the age of five, reports The Guardian. Like other kids, she too was fond of playing with dolls since childhood. When she hit 6, Jazz went on to be a part of a talk show 20/20 with Barbara Walters, where she shattered the taboo topic and openly discussed how it was being a transgender person. Since then, she has been an advocate for transgender rights and has addressed similar topics, while influencing young people in schools and universities across America. To add more to her achievement list, she has also written two books and founded a support organization for transgender youth.
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“Ever since I was little, I always loved playing with dolls,” Jazz spoke on Thursday, NYTimes reported. “It was a great way to show my parents that I was a girl, because I could just express myself as I am. So this really resonates with me, because it was something so pivotal in my own journey.”
She became a star pioneer after her award-winning TV docu-series on her life called ‘I am Jazz’ created huge buzz globally.
The limited edition doll is dressed in a pink top and jean shorts, making it exactly identical like Jennings’ look on the cover of her 2016 memoir ‘Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen’.
New-York based Tonner Doll Company, which is famous for making celebrity dolls, has manufactured Jazz’s duplicate, too. Tonner told CBS about Jazz, saying, “She turned around my thinking on transgender issues. Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view — she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative.”
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