Laverne Cox Goes Nude for Allure: ‘I Felt This Could Be Really Powerful’
The “Orange is the New Black” actress hopes the photo will inspire others Laverne Cox, a transgender actress, has posed nude for Allure Magazine.
The “Orange is the New Black” star, who became the first transgender person to grace the cover of Time Magazine and was named one of the Time’s 100 most influential people on Thursday, told Allure she was initially reluctant to pose nude. She reconsidered, however, when she thought about the message the photo would send.
Another year, another round of actresses who dare to bare it all in Allure.
For the magazine’s annual nude feature, Jordana Brewster (Furious 7), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow), and Sandrine Holt (The Returned) all stripped down.
While the ladies look quite comfortable with nothing on, it wasn’t easy convincing Cox to participate.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” the 30-year-old actress and LGBT advocate reveals. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”
It’s certainly been quite a year for Cox, who made history in 2014 when she became the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress.
“Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful,” she explains. “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.”
Thank you, Laverne Cox for inspiring us to be truthful, amazing, brave and beautiful!