At 16, Jazz Jennings has her own TV show, has written a memoir, and is a transgender advocate and spokesperson. So it makes perfect sense that she would serve as inspiration for the world’s first transgender doll. CNN reports the Tonner Doll Company recognized how special and amazing Jennings is and created the Jazz doll in her likeness.
The doll, which debuted at the New York Toy Fair this past weekend but won’t be available to the public until July, will come dressed in a pink shirt and jean shorts. And if you’re wondering why that sartorial choice, it was meant to mirror Jazz on the cover of her book, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen. But if you prefer your dolls on the fancier side, the company has also created a sparkly white ballerina dress for her.
Robert Tonner, founder of the company, designed and sculpted the Jazz doll himself, saying in a statement, “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view. She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warmhearted and creative.”
The Tonner Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high-fashion dolls, is going a different way this time around by marketing Jazz to children. Jennings took to Instagram to share her excitement, and her joy was infectious.
“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!” Love her, love the doll (gorgeous, btw) and love the company. Because every kid deserves a doll they can see themselves in.
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!💖