Laverne Cox continues to be a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community as she graces the February cover of Cosmopolitan South Africa, becoming the first transgender cover girl for the magazine.
"Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light," the Emmy-winning actress and producer said in a preview of the cover story, which was shared on Monday (January 22). "Let go of fear and live a fun, fearless life. If I can do it, you can do it." Cox's issue also happens to be a Valentine's Day-themed #SayYesToLove edition focused on LGBTQ issues.
In the interview, Cox also spoke a bit about her personal life, particularly the romance department. "As a black transgender woman, I've often been kept a secret by the men I've dated," Cox said when asked about the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for her. "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."
Peep some of the shots from the 45-year-old's upcoming issue below!
I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa @Regranned from @cosmopolitansa - Say WHAT? #SayYesToLove 🏳️🌈 And this month's issue is filled with it! 💖 In this South Africa exclusive @lavernecox stars as COSMO's first ever openly trans cover girl! Ain't I a woman? Yes you are and we 💞 you. ALSO, #LGBTQI+ allies and activists on Love in 2018 💝 You don't want to miss this one! #COSMOxLaverne #COSMOFebruary #TransIsBeautiful ⭐️ click on the link in my bio to get your copy of this very special issue.
It's not my first #CosmoQuiz but it's the first one I've taken on camera for @cosmopolitansa. 42 years ago this month @iambeverlyjohnson became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. Thanks Ms. Johnson for paving the way for all of the black women who have followed you over the years on Cosmo covers. Thanks to trans models like @leat @andrejapejic @harinef @valentts @geenarocero @therealtraceyafrica and more who are changing beauty standards and breaking barriers for trans folks on the covers of fashion magazine's all over the world. 🌸✨⚡️ #COSMOxLaverne #TransIsBeautiful ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 - #regrann
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