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.
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11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, GLAAD and TheWrap partner to bring you these takes on representations in TV and Film
Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."