Laverne Cox is featured in the 2015 edition of Allure Magazine‘s annual “Naked Truth” issue.
Cox, who became the first openly trans woman nominated for an Emmy in 2014, said she worried posing nude would take the focus off of her work.
“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.
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