Laverne Cox has stripped down for Allure Magazine‘s annual “Naked Truth” issue.
The Emmy-nominated actress was not alone in baring all, however. Sleepy Hollow‘s Nicole Beharie and Furious 7‘s Jordana Brewster posed nude for the issue as well.
Laverne initially refused the offer but later changed her mind.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” Cox told Allure. “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. 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 its true.”
See Laverne’s gorgeous photo below.
Also, Laverne has been named as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
As a transgender child, I was always looking around for someone like me, because I thought I was the only one. It’s hard to feel like that. But having support from my family changed everything. They helped me love myself and embrace who I am.
Not all trans kids are so lucky. And for them, having someone as visible and strong as Laverne Cox to look up to is inspiring. She’s done so many amazing things—not just acting on Orange Is the New Black but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world. She’s a pioneer for our community.
When Laverne and I met for the first time, it was honestly so exciting. She started screaming like a little girl, because she thought of meas a celebrity! She told me to keep up the good work, and how happy she was about my success. Now I want to do the same for her. Laverne, I love you and I’m so proud of you and you’re definitely making a difference. Keep it up!