The first ever transgender doll has been commissioned. This is a development that has shaken the parenting world to its core. Where some are arguing the appropriateness of the doll being sold to children. Others are however, of the opinion that this is a huge victory for the transgender community as it serves as a validation of their existence.
The question on many people’s lips on social media is: What exactly makes a doll transgender? In one post, the doll’s makers explained how the doll is a likeness of Jennings, but without any genitalia.
Those in Nigeria might recall in 2015, when a popular cable company was compelled to halt the broadcast of a reality show “I am Jazz” in response to an uproar by concerned citizens, because the content was deemed inappropriate for our climes.
The star of the show now aged 16 years, Jazz Jennings has gone on to become a celebrity in her own right, an active spokesperson for the transgender community and now has been immortalized as she is the inspiration for the first ever transgender doll. With this, she has become a key player in a historical event.
Robert Tonner, who designed and sculpted the Jazz Jennings doll that is being released by his company The Tonner Doll Company in a statement said, “Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view, She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warmhearted and creative.”
The doll will come with a pink shirt and jean shorts, mirroring the outfit that Jazz wears on the cover of her memoir, “Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen.” The company is marketing the doll to children, instead of as an adult collectible. It has also created a red-carpet ready Jazz doll, wearing a sparkling white ballerina dress. The dolls will be available for purchase in July.
“I love her. A portion of my proceeds will be donated to help trans youth who are struggling. I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” says Jazz