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‘Hot Hollywood’ Podcast: Laverne Cox Becomes 1st Transgender Barbie and More LGBTQ+ Celeb Stories

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Welcome to our first-ever month-long Hot Hollywood Pride Celebration with Sponsor Saks OFF 5TH.Pride month has started and Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood podcast is going all in, dedicating the entire episode to shining a light on celebrity LGBTQ+ news stories with help from the Phluid Project.Come on Barbie, let’s go party! Laverne Cox, trans activist of Orange Is the New Black fame, has become Mattel’s first transgender Barbie as part of the Barbie Tribute Collection.

The actress celebrated the launch (and her 50th birthday!) of the doll in her likeness, throwing a Barbie pink party at Magic Hour Rooftop in New York City.

Cox dressed to match the newly released Barbie’s outfit at the bash called “Barbie dreams come true” via a statement.“Now kids get to dream with a Laverne Cox barbie, the first transgender Barbie,” Cox, who turned 50 on May 29, continued, recalling wanting a doll as a child and not being allowed one. “It’s been a dream for years to work with Barbie to create my own doll.

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