When Laverne Cox finally agreed to pose for Allure magazine’s annual nude issue, she was shedding more than just her clothing.
The Orange Is The New Black star came to see the shoot as an opportunity to defy the narrative that black women and trans women aren’t beautiful.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” Cox recalls. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”
“Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards,” she added. “Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful.”
“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.”
“Going through life you try to cover and hide but it doesn’t really work.”
We think you look gorgeous, Laverne.
Here’s one shot from the spread: