Wednesday, 22 February 2017


As a child, YouTuber Jazz Jennings loved playing with dolls.
But because she was born as a boy, Jennings could never find a doll for little girls "like her."
Now 16 years old, the star of TLC's "I Am Jazz" is finally getting the doll of her childhood dreams. 

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The Tonner Doll Company recently unveiled the first-ever transgender doll.

The toy debuted at the New York Toy Fair on February 18 and will be available for purchase in July, 

The fashionable, 18-inch doll was created in Jenning's likeness.

Priced at $89.99, the doll comes dressed in jean shorts and a pink top — the same outfit Jennings wore on the cover of her memoir "Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen"

Doll-sized sweaters, dresses, and tulle skirts will also be available for purchase.The doll will be marketed as a play-friendly toy for children.

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Jennings took to Instagram to clarify what a "transgender doll" means:
"For those asking, the doll is considered to be the first 'transgender' doll because it's based on an individual who is trans," Jennings said. "Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!"

Now trans children finally have a doll inspired by them — which is something Jennings desperately wanted and needed as a child.

Jennings "came out" as trans at the age of five when she wore a one-piece bathing suit to her birthday party and told her friends she was a girl. She has since become an advocate for transgender children and teens. 

In addition to her own television-documentary for TLC, Jennings has appeared on numerous television shows and newscasts — including an Oprah Winfrey Network segment — and has written a book detailing her experiences as a young LGBTQ trailblazer.
Jennings hopes this new doll will spark much-needed conversations and inspire trans children to feel confident in who they are.
She concluded:"I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people."