In a strange report yesterday we learned that the Tonner Doll Company is creating a transgender doll to market to children. The inspiration for the doll was derived from a transgender teenager named “Jazz Jennings” who I recently learned is something of a social media star.
(CNN) – Like many girls, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. 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.“Jazz stands for everything I respect from a human nature point of view,” Tonner said in a statement. “She’s incredibly brave, intelligent, warmhearted and creative.”