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Laverne Cox poses nude for Allure

Transgender icon takes a bold step to help other women feel better about their bodies

“Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks.”

Laverne Cox Photo by Jill Greenberg for Netflix
Laverne Cox – Photo by Jill Greenberg for Netflix

— Laverne Cox, star of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and transgender icon, speaking with Allure magazine. Cox initially refused to pose for their Nude Celebrity Portraits series, but realized that her own reservations were outweighed by the good her portrait could do.

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she said. “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.”

Follow this link to see Allure‘s stunning portrait of Cox (she is the second image, after Jordana Brewster).

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