World's Likely 1st Transgender Doll to Debut Next Week
It's based on the subject of TLC's 'I am Jazz'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 10, 2017 5:35 PM CST
Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series "I am Jazz," is getting her own doll courtesy of a New York doll maker.   (Mark DeLong)

(Newser) – A New York doll maker says it will be selling what it believes is the first transgender doll on the market, the AP reports. The doll is based on Jazz Jennings, the teenage transgender subject of the TLC documentary series I am Jazz. It will make its debut at the New York Toy Fair next week and be available on the Tonner Doll Co.'s website and in specialty stores in July. A spokesperson for the company said the 18-inch doll, which has a "genderless" plastic mold typical of most dolls, is being tested for kids aged 8 years and older and is expected to retail for $89.99. In comparison, the popular mass-market "American Girl" 18-inch dolls, which come with a book, sell for $115 on AmericanGirl.com.

The doll was designed and sculpted by company founder Robert Tonner. His company has made dolls based on a variety of TV, film, and book characters including Spiderman, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, and Wonder Woman. "Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view—she's incredibly brave, intelligent, warm-hearted, and creative," Tonner said. Jennings appeared at age 6 on a Barbara Walters 20/20 special in 2007. She has identified as a female since she could talk, her parents told ABC News. She is the youngest person ever to be recognized in the Advocate Magazine's "Top Forty Under 40" annual list and was named as one of Time Magazine's Most Influential Teens for 2014 and 2015.

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