Laverne Cox Covers “Cosmopolitan”
Don’t tell the transphobes. Actress Laverne Cox just made a major milestone for the trans community. The “Orange Is The New Black” actress is currently covering Cosmopolitan South Africa marking her as the first trans woman to have the honor.
“Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light,” writes Cox inside the publication. “Your voice matters, the truth of who you know yourselves to be matters. The truth will set you free!”
She also spoke candidly on dating as a trans woman and said the “most special thing” a man has done for her is introduce her to his family.
“As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men I’ve dated,” she explained. “So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad, and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.”
Holly Meadows, the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan South Africa, said she chose Laverne for the cover to “disrupt hetero-normative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day.”
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I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa @Regranned from @cosmopolitansa – Say WHAT? #SayYesToLove 🏳️🌈 And this month's issue is filled with it! 💖 In this South Africa exclusive @lavernecox stars as COSMO's first ever openly trans cover girl! Ain't I a woman? Yes you are and we 💞 you. ALSO, #LGBTQI+ allies and activists on Love in 2018 💝 You don't want to miss this one! #COSMOxLaverne #COSMOFebruary #TransIsBeautiful ⭐️ click on the link in my bio to get your copy of this very special issue.
Mission accomplished. Well deserved, congrats Laverne!