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Transgender South Florida teen Jazz Jennings gets reality show, makes skincare commercial

Jazz Jennings, flanked by her mother Jeanette and Jessica Herthel, who co-wrote ‘I Am Jazz’ with the teen at a June 2014 book reading at Care Resource in Oakland Park.
Jazz Jennings, flanked by her mother Jeanette and Jessica Herthel, who co-wrote ‘I Am Jazz’ with the teen at a June 2014 book reading at Care Resource in Oakland Park. Miami Herald File

Jazz Jennings, the transgender South Florida teen who last year wrote a children’s book, I Am Jazz, has made an endorsement commercial for skincare products and gotten her own TV reality show.

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Although middle school was hard for Jazz, her experiences haven’t stopped her from wanting to show the world her true self.

Jazz knew from day one who she really was – a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Growing up as a transgender girl, sometimes Jazz felt like she had to keep to herself to avoid the opinions of others. Now, Jazz has the courage to put herself out there and make new friends, and it has been an amazing experience! The Real Jazz is happy being herself and proud of who she is!

Earlier this week, TLC announced that Jazz, 14, and her family, who live in South Florida, would have their own reality TV show, All About Jazz.

“Set to premiere this summer, Jazz will explain how she handles all the typical teen experiences, including dating, sleepovers and high school. You'll get to know Jazz, but also her understanding parents, Greg and Jeanette, her grandparents Jack and Jacky, and her siblings Ari, Griffen and Sander,” according to TCL’s website.

Last fall, Jazz achieved two honors: Time magazine named her to the 2014 list of 25 Most Influential Teens and Equality Florida presented her with its Voice for Equality award.

Jazz first attracted attention at age 6 in 2007 after Barbara Walters interviewed her for ABC News’ 20/20. Since then, she has become a hero in the LGBT rights movement. In 2014, she co-wrote with Jessica Herthel a children’s book, I Am Jazz, about her experiences as a transgender girl.

“I wrote this book so we could help educate other transgender youth and families that it is OK to be different,” Jazz told the Miami Herald after a Broward County book reading in June. “It’s not just geared to LGBTQ people, but for everyone who is unique. And hopefully it can make a huge impact in letting everyone know that they have to accept each other because we’re all part of the same society.”

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