Laverne Cox is a Barbie lady in her personal Barbie world, and we’re simply dwelling in it. Ahead of her fiftieth birthday on May 29, Barbie revealed plans to honor Cox by making a Tribute Collection Barbie doll of the actor. The collection, which began in 2021, sometimes pays tribute to main icons and trailblazers, corresponding to leisure legend Lucille Ball and Queen Elizabeth II. This yr, Cox was chosen based mostly on her work as an actor, producer, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
“As a four-time Emmy nominated actress, Emmy profitable producer, and the first transgender girl of shade to have a number one position on a scripted TV present, Laverne Cox embodies the values of the Tribute Collection,” Barbie wrote in a press launch. “We are proud to focus on the significance of inclusion and acceptance at all ages and to acknowledge Laverne’s vital impression on tradition,” added Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel.
In an interview with People, Cox mentioned she was truly “very concerned” with the design of the doll itself, which includes a daring ruby robe with a full tulle skirt and a glittery silver bodysuit beneath. “I wished her to put on a number of outfits, however that wasn’t value efficient,” Cox mentioned. “So I used to be like, ‘What if she had one outfit that would peel off and turn out to be a number of outfits?'” It was additionally crucial to Cox that her doll was as true to her as potential. “I used to be like, ‘Can we make her look extra like me? And extra African American?'”
Having a Barbie doll in her likeness is a full-circle second for Cox, who remembers not having the ability to play with Barbies as a toddler as a result of she was assigned male at beginning. Now, per her therapist’s suggestion, she buys Barbies for herself and her mom sends them to her for Christmas and birthdays. “I’m simply so grateful that I’ve been in a position to be on this course of. It’s a means of reclaiming my internal youngster, therapeutic her, giving her what she did not have the first go-round,” Cox advised People. “To be turning 50 years previous and be transgender and have a Barbie in my life, that feels identical to a full-circle sort of therapeutic second.”
To additional Cox’s LGBTQ+ activism, Barbie is making a donation in her identify to the nonprofit, TransFamilySOS, which goals to create a extra accepting and gender affirming society for the trans group. Cox’s Tribute Barbie is now accessible for $39.99 on Mattel’s website and you too can discover the doll at main retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Target.