World’s first transgender doll based on US teen Jazz Jennings launched in New York

Tonner Doll Company released a portrait doll modelled on American transgender teen and activist Jazz Jennings at the New York Toy Fair on Saturday.

sex and relationships Updated: Apr 25, 2018 11:42 IST
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The 18-inch portrait doll is dressed in a pink top and jean shorts, just like Jennings on the cover of her 2016 memoir Being Jazz. (Tonner Doll Company Facebook page)

World’s first transgender doll inspired by US teenager Jazz Jennings was launched at the New York Toy Fair on Saturday.

The 18-inch limited edition doll will dressed in a pink top and jean shorts, just like Jennings on the cover of her 2016 memoir Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.

Shopping with this beautiful lady!💋

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It has been manufactured by New-York based Tonner Doll Company that specialises in creating collectible fashion dolls, including TV, comic and film characters such as Harry Potter, Spider Man and Wonder Woman. The model is priced at $89.99 (Rs 6,000), with a “red carpet” edition in the works that would cost over $100 (Rs 6,700) .

Born as male, Jennings came out at the age of five, reports The Guardian. At the age of six, she appeared on a talk show 20/20 with Barbara Walters, where she talked about being a transgender. She continues to be an advocate for transgender rights and has addressed young people in schools and universities across America on the subject. She has also authored two books and started a foundation to support transgender youth.

Jennings also stars in an award-winning TV docu-series on her life called I am Jazz.

Doll artist Robert Tonner, who has designed the doll, told CBS that watching Jennings’ 20/20 interview “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,” Tonner said in a statement.

On her part, Jennings is understandably thrilled.

“I’m a doll!” Jennings posted on her Facebook page while thanking Tonner for being so progressive.

In a NYT interview last week, she said she was looking forward to owning one of the dolls. “I think this sends a very positive message about the transgender community,” she said.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2017 15:59 IST