Laverne Cox Poses Nude for Allure Magazine (Photo)

The “Orange is the New Black” actress hopes the photo will inspire others

Last Updated: April 17, 2015 @ 1:22 PM

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.

“I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent,” Cox told the magazine. “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks.”

“There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true,” Cox said, and added: “I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”

Cox has been on a roll since first appearing on “OITNB.” She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the Netflix series, and has been given numerous awards by various LGBT groups for her advocacy on behalf of the transgender community. She is also in production on “Doubt,” a legal drama pilot, for CBS.

See the photo below.

Allure/Norman Jean Roy

Allure/Norman Jean Roy