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Laverne Cox Gets Glam for Yahoo! Style & talks Transgender Activism

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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620a124335c5b09206139a660b6d967b90650fb1Laverne Cox is in an editorial spread for Yahoo! Style and the Orange is the New Black actress talks at length about how being a transgender has affected her life and her career.

She also opens up about her transgender activism.

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Read excerpts from her interview below.

On her fame: I have moments when I’m like, ‘Do I deserve this, even as hard as I’ve worked? Am I doing enough? What’s next? Will I lose it all quickly?’ Luckily, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to think about it too much until this summer, when I’ve had a little more time to breathe. But what’s happened the past two years is beyond what I dreamed about my whole life. I never thought it would include People or Madame Tussauds. Then again they say that the people who make it in showbiz are the ones who persevere. Maybe if you work really hard and don’t give up, dreams really do come true.

On transgenders becoming more culturally accepted: That’s certainly the hope. How do we codify and institutionalize this moment? That’s where my head is now. I’ve had to give myself a minute to adjust to this moment. I can’t be everything to everybody, and I need time to digest this.

On playing a transgender on OITNB: I was nervous that trans people watching it would be triggered. I didn’t want to retraumatize anyone, but, well, this is the reality that a lot of trans women are experiencing right now, so it was incumbent upon me to honor that and allow those spirits to enter me. It felt more like channeling than acting, opening myself up to what it feels like to experience that violence, that degradation, the injustice related to solitary confinement and no accountability for the people who attacked me or the guards who let it happen.

You can read up her full feature and see more photos here.

Photo Credit: Yahoo! Style

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

10 Comments

  1. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    August 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Finally, one photoshoot of hers that I like 😀

  2. bruno

    August 25, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    she looks lovely, but she is the weakest actress on orange is the new black.
    the other actresses on orange is the new black are more superior to her when it comes to acting.

    • Bella

      August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Did you consider that maybe that is the acting role she is meant to play? doesn’t necessarily mean she is a weak individual.

  3. aikay

    August 25, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Like? what is there to like? Pls I don’t see anything special about this guy or girl,whatever.

  4. fabulicious

    August 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Wow!!She looks like Omarosa Manigault.

  5. jasmine

    August 26, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Cox!!! You need to do something about your voice more than Cait.

    • Bella

      August 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      unfortunately that will not change, God still rules over what man may try to do, she is a MALE

  6. Bella

    August 26, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I know right!!

  7. Edu

    August 26, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    transgenders must not be tolerated. the idea is just crazy! its bad enough trying to tolerate gays.

    SAY NO TO TRANSGENDERS

    • mimi

      August 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Can you please back this request with detailed argument.

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