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Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.

Laverne is also a recipient of the Dorian rising star award for her work in “Orange is the New Black.” A renowned speaker, Laverne has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, HLN, VH1, FOX NEWS LATINO, among other national TV and radio networks.

In 2013 Laverne won Best Supporting Actress at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for her work in the praised film Musical Chairs, directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan). Laverne’s other acting credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, HBO’s Bored to Death, and the independent films Carla and The Exhibitionists. She also has roles in the forthcoming films 36 Saints and Grand Street.

Laverne is the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s TRANSForm Me, which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Laverne is also the first trans woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy, for which she accepted the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Reality Program. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100,” one of the country’s top 50 trans icons by The Huffington Post, and one of Metro Source magazine’s “55 People We Love.” Laverne’s critical writings have appeared in The Advocate and The Huffington Post. A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Laverne holds a degree in Fine Arts.
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ACTRESS, DANCER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, ACTIVIST, AND WRITER LAVERNE COX IS ELEVATING THE TOPIC OF TRANSGENDERISM THROUGH EVERY POSSIBLE MEDIUM. BOW DOWN TO THIS GLAMOROUS TOUR DE FORCE

“A lot of my life has been about me charting my own space for myself, creating a space for myself to survive,” says Laverne Cox. “Now I’m trying to reframe my experiences. I’m not just in survival mode anymore. I’m in a space where I can thrive.”

For Cox, this is what thriving looks like: filming the third season of the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black, writing a memoir, touring the country to speak to transgendered teens (she visited nearly 50 cities in the last year), and producing two documentaries. The first, TransTeen, airs this fall on Logo and MTV and delves into the issues of teens who are going through their own questions about sexuality and identity. The other—entitled Free CeCe—explores similar themes to OITNB, telling the story of CeCe McDonald, a 24-year-old African-American trans woman who served 19 months of a 41-month sentence in a men’s prison in Minnesota for defending herself against a violent attacker.

McDonald’s story resonates deeply with Cox, who certainly endured her own difficulties while growing up fatherless in New Orleans. “I am a black transgendered woman from a working-class background, raised by a single mother,” says Cox. “There’s not any kind of template for me to have this mainstream acting career or platform to promote myself and the things I care about. It’s scary, but we’re at the forefront of a lot of new things in terms of this kind of career and having complicated discussions about gender and what it means to be a man or a woman. I think it’s about time that despite all of these systemic structures against us, someone like me is living my dreams anyway. ”

Her humility, juxtaposed with her brazen self-confidence and wicked sense of humor, has made Cox an industry favorite. She has been able to bring a bit of herself to Sophia Burset, her OITNB character, and ignite a conversation about trans representation on television. (Perhaps you noticed her on the cover of TIME this past May?)

“I think that before Sophia, for the most part, representations of trans folks were comic relief,” says Cox. “We’ve been victims, we’ve been mostly talked about in terms of our transition and being trans, but in a lot of ways Sophia gets to be just another woman in Litchfield, with a different experience and a different story. She is complicated and nuanced, so that we understand this is a full human being and that she’s not just one thing. I think that is major progress.”

“Laverne stands up for what she believes in and does so with grace and humility,” says her costar and nominator Natasha Lyonne. “She is one of a kind: a game changer and a maverick who not only expands closed minds but educates them. She is the living embodiment of what she believes in, and the inevitable fallout of that is she inspires others to tell their own truths.”

Cox’s message is rooted in an uncompromised sense of self: “As an actress, I love playing different characters, but it all starts with me being truthful to who I am, honoring my own truths and having a lot of conviction,” she says. “Most of us aren’t offered spaces to do that. We’re encouraged to fit in and conform, and that just doesn’t always work for everyone. So, in a way, I think authenticity—really listening to our hard-wiring, our emotions—is the greatest rebellion of all.”

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Laverne Cox attends The Daily Front Row Second Annual Fashion Media Awards at Park Hyatt New York on September 5, 2014 in New York City.


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Laverne Cox lets her gorgeous hair blow in the wind while posing on top of the Empire State Building on Thursday (October 16) in New York City.

The 30-year-old Orange is the New Black star helped light up the building in purple to honor National Bullying Prevention Month.

Millions go purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag.





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C✮NDY 8 : The Role Models by Mariano Vivanco
Special Issue 5th Anniversary
Winter 2014-2015
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Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Geena Rocero, Isis King, Gisele Alicea, Leyna Ramous, Dina Marie, Nina Poon, Juliana Huxtable, Niki M'nray, Pêche Di, Carmen Xtravaganza and Yasmine Petty
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