U.S. Transgender actress and LGBT activist Laverne Cox now has her own Barbie. It went on sale for US$40 ahead of her 50th birthday on Sunday.
Cox worked closely with “woke” Mattel on the new doll, who wears a red tulle ball gown that can be refashioned into different outfits.
As for the design process, she was ‘very involved’ and had notes like “can we make her look more like me” and to be “more African American.”
‘And we had a conversation about highlights and lowlights because I’m blonde most of the time now, but I’m a Black girl, so I need a dark root,’ added Cox.
The left-wing activist, who rose to fame in the Netflix prison comedy Orange is the New Black, said she hoped the new doll would help people “dream big.”
In 2019, Mattel released the first series of gender-neutral dolls, saying it would make the iconic playtime toy more inclusive for boys and “gender-fluid” children.
The dolls have no broad, male shoulders or feminine faces and hair, and pronouns displayed in branding vary from him and her to them and xem.
“Carefully manicured features betray no obvious gender: the lips are not too full, the eyelashes not too long and fluttery, the jaw not too wide. There are no Barbie-like breasts or broad, Ken-like shoulders,” reported TIME.
“Each doll in the Creatable World series looks like a slender 7-year-old with short hair, but each comes with a wig of long, lustrous locks and a wardrobe befitting any fashion-conscious kid: hoodies, sneakers, graphic T-shirts in soothing greens and yellows, along with tutus and camo pants.”
Mattel’s website says. “Switch long hair for short hair—add a skirt, pants, or both. It’s up to you! Mix and match, swap or share.”