Laverne Cox Just Made History With Barbie

The Orange Is The New Black actress teamed up with Mattel for this iconic doll.


Mattel continues to value inclusion; the creators of Barbie just released a Tribute Collection honoring various celebrities and public figures. Laverne Cox, a transgender woman of color, was the most recent honoree of the Tribute Collection. Cox’s collaboration isn’t Mattel’s first time working with iconic women (and honoring women who have unfortunately passed); among the Tribute Collection members are Ella Fitzgerald, Vera Wang, and Lucille Ball. 


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The Inventing Anna actress has a personal connection to Barbie; in an interview with People, Cox revealed that as a child she begged for a Barbie doll, but her mom “said no because I was assigned male at birth.” Cox continues by mentioning that a therapist that she saw in her early 30s suggested that she buy a Barbie to “heal her inner child”. When Barbie approached Laverne about the Tribute Collection she claims to have felt grateful; she said that in addition to healing her inner child, the process of creating her own Barbie is giving her inner child “what she didn't have the first go-round.” 


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Laverne’s Barbie doll is now available on Mattel’s website; her hope for the Tribute Collection is that children of all gender identities can feel represented by their toys. 

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