Laverne Cox is striking a pose and making history for Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue. The actress, known for her roles in Netflix’s “Orange Is The New Black” and FOX’s remake of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” is featured as the magazine’s first trans model for their special “Say Yes to Love” issue.
Cox gets up close and personal with Cosmo readers, giving a glimpse into her own love life in her exclusive interview.
"As a black transgender woman, I've often been kept a secret by the men I've dated." Cox wrote in a message to Cosmo readers. "Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light. Your voice matters, the truth of who you know yourselves to be matters. The truth will set you free!"
For Cosmopolitan South Africa's Editor-in-Chief Holly Meadows, there was a need for the magazine’s Valentine’s Day issue to be more inclusive of LGBT identities stating that their purpose is to "disrupt hetero-normative ideas around February and Valentine's Day and look at love in 2018 – including acceptance of self, others and non-binary relationships," according to Paper Mag.
Meadows goes on to mention how Cox was the perfect choice for what they wanted to represent, crediting Cox as "the world's most vocal trans poster girl and an activist for the intersection of race, class and gender identities, challenging toxic masculinity, white supremacy and the misrepresentation of trans people."
Cox took to social media yesterday to announce the news and express her gratitude, writing on Instagram, “I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa.”
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.