Laverne Cox honoured as first-ever trans Barbie doll

Ahead of her birthday, transgender actor and activist Laverne Cox

has been recognised with her own Barbie.

Laverne's doll is dressed in a deep red tulle gown over a sparkling silver metallic bodysuit.

It also has bright blonde, voluminous hair to mirror Cox's signature style.

In conversation with People, Laverne expressed her gratitude,

hoping the new doll would help people "dream big".

"I can't believe it. I love her outfit.

What excites me most about her being out in the world is that trans young people

can see her and maybe get to purchase her and play with her,