Jazz Jennings is a badass icon for transgender people all around the world. She is one of the youngest people to identify publicly as transgender, and she has been active in the LGBTQ+ community for just as long. And while she grew up playing with dolls that never fully represented her, that will no longer be the case.
Jennings and The Tonner Doll Company have teamed up to create the first-ever transgender doll, which they proudly announced at the New York Toy Fair. The two dolls, one dressed in the pink shirt and denim shorts, similar to the cover of her book, Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen, and the other in a gorgeous white dress and shimmery silver flats, will be available for purchase this July, and we already can't wait to see how this influences the next generation of children.
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!💖
"I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people," Jennings said in her Instagram post. "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!"
The Tonner Doll Company typically specializes in adult collectible dolls, but this doll is specifically geared toward children, and they're excited to be teaming up with Jennings on such an awesome project.
"Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view," founder Robert Tonner told PIX11. "She's incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative."
The announcement of the doll follows Trump's decision to end protections for transgender students, which had allowed them to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, and we're hoping that inspiring messages from people like Jazz will remind people of any gender or sexual orientation that they're amazing just as they are.
We are so incredibly in love with this doll—and can't wait until we can get our hands on one come July. How excited are you to see Jazz's new doll?