The Orange Is The New Black star, now the first trans person to cover
British Vogue, understands the power of visibility... HRH The Duchess of
Sussex Meghan Markle is the guest editor of the September issue.
The cover itself feature 15 women in total, dubbed the “Forces for Change.” Amongst them are Christy Turlington Burns, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jane Fonda, Sinead Burke, and more:
“I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to share this cover,” Cox wrote in an Instagram post about the opportunity. “Being on the cover of Vogue magazine has been a dream of mine since I was a child. To get to share this cover with a group of women who inspire me, who are truly forces of change is deeply humbling.”
“That it’s British Vogue is even more special to me because British Vogue was the first [Vogue] to feature a black model on its cover, Donayale Luna in May 1966,” she wrote. (American Vogue came later, with Beverly Johnson in 1974.) “Thank you so much Edward Enninful and Guest editor Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex for including me.”
The cover marks Cox’s first for Vogue, but she notably appeared on the cover of TIME in 2014 — also as the first trans person to do so.
Though she may be the first openly trans person on its cover, Cox follows a line of trans models in British Vogue. April Ashley was first in 1960, though at the time, her gender was not known. (When she was later outed, her work as a fashion model ended.)
In February, journalist and activist Paris Lees became the first openly transgender person to receive a feature in the magazine, and went on to start a column with the book. Cox now adds to this legacy.
“We are at a crossroads in the world right now,” she says in an accompanying video. “The decisions that we make in every country around the world about how we’re going to treat women, how we’re going to treat immigrants, how we’re going to treat trans people and people of color, and how we’re going to treat our planet …” The video continues with other cover stars naming women who stand out to them as forces for change.
Images from the Vogue Shoot:
And Quoted From Vogue's Website: [Source: Vogue.co.uk]
The first openly trans person to be nominated for an acting Emmy
(2014, for Orange Is The New Black) and the first trans person to
win an executive producer Emmy, Cox is seen here in her role as
Sophia Burset n OITNB.
Laverne Cox signals her arrival via operatic warble. It resonates through the New York studio where Vogue’s September cover shoot is taking place, causing the photographer Peter Lindbergh, the stylist Grace Coddington and assembled Vogue staffers to jump.
Once dressed and made up in front of Lindbergh’s lens, Cox looks to be in her element. “If you want the people to go, I can make them go,” says Lindbergh good-naturedly, while glancing at the mass of lighting technicians, nail artists, hair and make-up teams and fashion assistants (plus yours truly) hovering just behind him. “Darling, I want people looking,” she laughs, twirling her hands and shaking her mane of hair.
Cox is one of the most visible trans people in the world. “There’s a tremendous amount of pressure,” she later admits, of navigating icon status. “I have done it very imperfectly.” She credits Candis Cayne – who came to prominence in 2007 for playing transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money – with inspiring her to become one of the most recognised trans faces on television: since 2013, Cox has starred in the Netflix show Orange Is The New Black as Sophia Burset, a trans firefighter. “Candis in 2007 becoming the first openly transgender person to have a recurring role on a primetime television show – that moment made me believe it was possible to be openly trans, and an actor. I would not be here if it weren’t for her,” she says.