Celebrities and companies have taken many powerful steps to support the LGBT community.
And now Laverne Cox has made history as the first transgender Barbie doll.
This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Now, for those who don’t know Laverne, she is best known for her role as Sophia Berset in the Netflix series. Orange is the new black.
In the television series Orange is the new black, Laverne famously played the role of a transgender female prison inmate. We see a flashback where Sophia, Laverne’s character, is at home with her wife and children before she begins her transformation into a woman. We are shown the support her wife gives to her then-husband Marcus, allowing space to be created for Sophia Berset. The role of Laverne for many was and remains sensational, as reported, she won 4 nominations for the Emmy Award.
She was even the first transgender woman to appear on Time Magazine cover and wax figure installed at Madame Tussauds.
But Laverne also spoke about the challenges she has faced being a transgender woman and being as open as possible to the world.
In 2020, Laverne posted on her Instagram about an incident she had just experienced in Los Angeles, according to the BBC. In the video, she explained that when the man approached Laverne, who was with a friend, he started asking the actress’ friend if Laverne was a man or a woman. The star then said that the man physically attacked her friend because she didn’t answer his question.
“The guy really wanted me to answer so he could scare me if I was trans or not. I don’t know why it matters. After all, who cares?” she said.
However, even with an experience as heartbreaking as the one Laverne described…
She didn’t shy away from her truly incredible personality. And that’s why the world is thrilled to learn that the actress will be Mattel’s first-ever embodiment of a transgender Barbie doll. Unilad.
People took to Twitter to celebrate the moment, with one person writing:
“The world is finally progressing, we love to see it!” and the other says, “KILL BEI, I’LL BUY.”
Laverne herself even talked to Page 6 about exciting news.
“I can’t wait for fans to find my doll on the shelves and have the opportunity to add a transgender-themed Barbie doll to their collection,” she said. said.
“I can not believe this. I love her outfit,” she continued. Laverne explained that she thinks this is amazing progress for the world of children as well. speaking: “They have hope and the opportunity to be themselves.”
And because Laverne acknowledges that this step will help many other children, she told TODAY how much it would have meant to her as a child.
According to Page 6, she went through “a lot of shame and trauma” because her mom refused to let her play with the Barbie dolls she wanted to play with. But as an adult, her mom realized that was exactly what Laverne needed and gave her a Barbie doll after her therapist told her that there was a “little baby” living inside the star.
“The fact that I’m 50 years old, I’m transgender and I have a Barbie, it seems that this is a moment of complete healing,” said the actress. said.
We’re so happy for you, Laverne. And we hope that it will give people the courage to be themselves.