Laverne Cox is fierce — and not just because she can pull off a bold leopard print. As an openly transgender actress playing a transgender Litchfield inmate on Orange Is the New Black, Laverne has quickly become an icon not just for the transgender community; her bravery and individualism could be a source of inspiration for just about anyone. And now, just months after being the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy as well to cover Time magazine, Laverne's crossed another huge stepping stone: appearing on the cover of Candy magazine (which is credited as "the world's first transversal style magazine") alongside other well-known transgender women Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, and Geena Rocero.
The Winter issue, which may be the first of its kind, is also titled "Role Models," something we've considered Laverne Cox for a while now. Anyone who follows her on the red carpet already knows that this is a woman who isn't one to shy away from sequins, exotic prints, or a body-flaunting silhouette. She's bold, beautiful, and confident with her choices, making her entrances at award shows and events all the more exciting to watch. Scroll to see all the reasons why we consider Laverne to be one of the fiercest women in fashion.
— Additional reporting by Samantha Sutton
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