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Laverne Cox Is Cosmopolitan’s First Transgender Cover Star

She’s no stranger to making history…

Laverne Cox is already an accomplished LGBTQ rights advocate and Emmy-winning actress, and now she can add Cosmopolitan cover girl to her resume. Make that first-ever transgender Cosmopolitan cover girl in the magazine’s history.

Cosmo South Africa’s February issue is a Valentine’s Day themed #SayYesToLove edition geared towards LGBTW issues. It features a special rainbow-coloured masthead designed for the occasion. The editor in chief Holly Meadows said the magazine’s goal was to “disrupt heteronormative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018.” She also said they wanted to “play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQ+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon.”

While Cox has appeared in the pages of Cosmopolitan promoting her role in Fox’s reboot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, this is her first time appearing on the cover. On the subject of love, Cox said “As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men that I’ve dated,” she said. “So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.” She added, “Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light.”

In a video interview released along with the magazine, Cox also got candid about her celebrity crush, her proudest career accomplishment and the fight for acceptance in the heteronormative world of show business.

The issue also features another 17 LGBTQ+ advocates who discuss their experiences with coming out, transitioning, dating, and what they want for the future.

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