In a sultry black-and-white photograph, Laverne Cox reclines, all taut, silken skin and long hair. So far, so Hollywood.
However, the shoot, for U.S. magazine Allure, almost never happened because Cox, a transgender actress most famous for appearing on hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black, was reluctant to bare all and refused the invitation.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she said in the Allure article. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”