CNN WIRE – NEW YORK
Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But unlike many others, Jazz, who is transgender, couldn’t find one that truly represented her. That’s all about to change.
As one of the youngest transgender people to be extensively documented on social media, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes nearly half a million Instagram followers, and 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.
“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view,” Tonner said in a statement. “She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted and creative.”
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 hope that it can place transgender people in a positive light by showing that we are just like all other people,” Jazz said