Laverne Cox has made history by becoming Mattel’s first-ever transgender Barbie. The ‘Inventing Anna‘ star got this recognition just a few days before her 50th birthday later this week. Mattel describes Cox as “a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and the first transgender woman of colour to have a leading role on a scripted TV show”. The description states she uses her voice “to amplify the message of moving beyond societal expectations to live more authentically”.
The barbie doll has been designed by Carlyle Nuera, sculpted to look like a superhero, complete with “a deep red tulle gown gracefully draped over a dazzling, silver metallic bodysuit” and hair “swept into glamorous Hollywood waves” with “dramatic makeup” completing the look.
Cox shares her experience of being a Mattel lineup. “I can’t believe it. I love her outfit. What excites me most about her being out in the world is that trans young people can see her and maybe get to purchase her and play with her, and know that there’s a Barbie made by Mattel, for the first time, in the likeness of a trans person.”
She further goes on saying, “I think in an environment where trans children have been used as a political football, when over 250 pieces of anti-trans legislation have been introduced in state legislatures all over the country in 2022 alone, and access to gender-affirming healthcare has been denied by policies signed into law in my home state of Alabama, in Arkansas and other states…That in this environment where trans kids are being attacked, that this can also be a celebration of transness, and also a space for them to dream, understand and be reminded that trans is beautiful,” she told the publication
The actor continued by saying that there is “hope and possibility for them to be themselves”.
Credits: The Indian Express
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- Staff Reporter