It seems the news surrounding the transgender issue simply will not end.
Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But Jazz wasn’t a normal girl – she was born a boy. She is one of the youngest people to be documented as transgender, and it has garnered her a following. The latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen.
The Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in adult collectibles and high fashion dolls, is releasing a Jazz Jennings doll that was designed and sculpted by the founder of the company, Robert Tonner.
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. It debuted at the New York Toy Fair over the weekend.
Jennings said she looked forward to owning one of the dolls and stated:
“I was just so excited. I think this sends a very positive message about the transgender community.”
This is the first transgender doll on the market, and guess what?! It's ME!!!😱😍 @tonnerdoll did a great job of creating this beautiful item! It will be available in July, and I hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people💗 For those asking: the doll is considered to be the first "transgender" doll because it's based on an individual who is trans. Of course it is still just a regular girl doll because that's exactly what I am: a regular girl!💖
A spokesman from Tonner Doll Company expressed interested in distributing the doll through major toy stores but acknowledges that the controversy surrounding Jazz Jennings and the high price of the toy ($89-$100+) may deter big box toy companies from picking up the item. The doll is expected to be released for sale late spring.