For the popular actress, Laverne Cox, there have been a good number of firsts. She was the first openly transgender woman to receive a Primetime Emmy nomination and also the first to star as a television series regular. The list goes on. In her Paper Magazine cover story, Laverne reveals a lot about what it means to be a transgender woman in Hollywood.

For a double minority like herself, the loops she has had to jump in the film industry have been twice as many. She’s not just a transgender woman but also a black woman, and for that reason has had to work even harder to build a name for herself.

“…A lot of trans women embracing high femme aesthetics. A lot of that’s really about survival, right?”

~ Laverne Cox to PAPER Magazine


The 48-year-old actress’s career blew up in 2013 when she acted as a transgender inmate, Sophia in the hit TV…

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