Laverne Cox Poses Nude in ‘Allure’

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is hoping to inspire others with her nude photoshoot for the May issue of Allure.

Though the Orange Is the New Black star was very hesitant about the shoot initially, she had a change of heart when she thought about what the shoot could do for transgenders and black women.

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she tells the magazine. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”

She added: “Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards,” she continues. “Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. 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 is the first transgender woman to pose for the magazine since the nudes feature was launched in 2000.

Laverne Cox Allure Nude

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