Dolls Make A Big Change
Big things are happening in the LGBTQ community and the doll industry.
The Tonner Doll Company, owned by Robert Tonner, announced on Tuesday that they will be introducing the first ever transgender doll, modeled after teenage trans-right advocate and reality TV star, Jazz.
“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view – she’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative,” he said in a recent Out interview.
Jazz Jennings,a transgender girl who says she knew she was a girl in a boy’s body at the age of two, is receiving worldly recognition for being the youngest transgender to be documented on national television.
Jazz began her rise to fame at an early age. She first appeared on the ABC news program “20/20”, with Barbara Walters, in a 2007 documentary series that focused on transgender people and their families, she was only six years old at the time.
Jennings, who is now 16, is a star in her own reality series on TLC, I Am Jazz, which focuses on how her and her family deal with her different lifestyle.
“Ever since I was little, I always loved playing with dolls,” she said in a NY Times interview. “It was a great way to show my parents that I was a girl, because I could just express myself as I am. So this really resonates with me, because it was something so pivotal in my own journey.”
Jazz also appeared on several other news outlets and television networks such as, 60 minutes, and an Oprah Winfrey Network documentary, “I am Jazz: A Family in Transition.”
This exposure has shaped Jazz into a strong individual which gave her the courage to document her lifestyle on live television.
“I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” Jazz said.
Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high- fashion dolls is set to release the Jazz Jennings transgender doll in July!
How do you feel about the first Transgender doll?