Orange is the New Black
star, Laverne Cox, is posing nude in the May issue of Allure
and says her motivation behind the body-baring shoot came from a need to empower others.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” she says in the upcoming issue. “But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.”
The black and white photo tastefully showcases the 30-year-old strategically placed atop a draped table reclining to her side, with her left hand holding up her head. The premise behind the issue, which also features nudie snaps of actresses Jordana Brewster, Katheryn Winnick and Sandrine Holt, focuses on women speaking candidly about their relationships with their bodies.
“Going through life, you try to cover and hide, but it doesn’t really work,” says Cox. “Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful… There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.”
Fans of OITNB
can look forward to seeing more of Cox when the show’s third season kicks off June 12.