Transgender Star Laverne Cox has Wax Sculpture Unveiled

Reuters

After a starring role in a hit Netflix series, an Emmy nomination, and landing the cover of Time Magazine, actress Laverne Cox was able to add another accomplishment to her list Friday (June 26), with the unveiling of her wax sculpture by Madame Tussauds.

The transgender actress, who came to the public eye with her role as Sofia Burset on the prison dramedy “Orange is the New Black,” was on hand in both real and wax forms, for the unveiling at Madame Tussaud’s in San Francisco. For Cox, the day turned out to be historic, for two reasons. First, earlier in the day, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, saying that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. Second, Cox is the first transgender person to be honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

“I’m pretty nervous, a little freaked out, really, really deeply honored, I mean, how often do you have a wax figure of yourself, I am so honored, so deeply honored to be the first transgender person to be so honored,” said Cox, before the unveiling.

Cox’s wax doppelganger wears the same blue bandage dress that she donned for the cover of June 2014’s Time Magazine, with the now-famous headline “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

“I thought it would be really kind of neat if we recreated the cover of Time Magazine, and so this is the actual dress that I wore on the cover of Time Magazine, and the pose, so yeah, people will come from all over the world and see this,” said Cox.

The Supreme Court decision comes as growing acceptance of homosexuality and transgender issues moves mainstream. Former Olympic athlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner, who is transitioning to life as a woman, revealed her new name as Caitlyn Jenner in early June, posing in a white strapless leotard on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Jenner and Cox have become two of the most prominent transgender celebrities, and Jenner even thanked Cox publicly for her support.

“So this is an amazing day in so many ways, marriage equality is now the law of the land, can we make some noise for that?” she said.

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