Earlier this year, she executive-produced a documentary, Disclosure, that chronicles the representation of transgender people in media. "We are at an unprecedented moment of trans visibility," she says, "where trans people are being cast in roles that are not just trans and where our stories are being told with such humanity.
When we spoke with her, the Supreme Court was deliberating a Title VII case that could legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. "Because I’m a black trans woman," she says, "I'm at the center of a culture war.
Growing up in Alabama, before her transition, Cox rarely saw transgender people in magazines or on TV, but she was still able to cultivate her beauty ideal. "I remember lying in bed with Jet magazine next to me," Cox says. "The woman on the cover was the most beautiful human being I had ever seen.
At 47, Cox exudes her own queenly aura. "I honestly feel like I look better than I ever have," she says. "This feeling of oneness with yourself and the universe comes with age, and it makes you look better. © 2020 Condé Nast. All rights reserved.
When you see Laverne Cox acting onscreen, that’s only half of her job. (Her new film, Promising Young Woman, premieres April 17. ) Off-camera, she’s making sure no one forgets all the ways LGBTQ+ people are in danger of losing their rights.
She recalls the moment she recognized a similar beauty in herself: "Around '97, I got these honey-colored loose braids, and I felt like something shifted.https://twitter.com/Allure_magazine/status/1245683107027718146
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