Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox has appeared on the cover of British Vogue.
The actress and outspoken trans activist fronts the latest issue of the style bible alongside 14 other women deemed inspirational by Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle.
Other people to appear on the cover, as selected by the Duchess of Sussex, include actresses Jane Fonda and Gemma Chan.
Celebrating the cover on Instagram, Laverne wrote: ‘I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to share this cover.
‘Being on the cover of Vogue magazine has been a dream of mine since I was a child. To get to share this cover with this group of women who inspire me, who are truly forces for change is deeply humbling.’
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She then added: That it’s @britishvogue is even more special to me because British Vogue was the first to feature a black model on its cover, Donyale Luna in May 1966. Thank you so much @edward_enninful and guest editor Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex for including me.
‘Thank you to the entire team at Vogue for making this experience truly divine. #TransIsBeautiful.’
As well as OITNB, Laverne’s screen credits include the independent movie Grandma and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
‘My feeling is trans women are trans women’
Feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also appears on the cover. In 2017, she sparked criticism after saying on Channel 4 News: ‘When people talk about, “Are trans women women?” my feeling is trans women are trans women.’
‘I think the whole problem of gender in the world is about our experiences,’ she then added. ‘It’s not about how we wear our hair or whether we have a vagina or a penis.’
‘It’s about the way the world treats us, and I think if you’ve lived in the world as a man with the privileges that the world accords to men and then sort of change gender, it’s difficult for me to accept that then we can equate your experience with the experience of a woman who has lived from the beginning as a woman and who has not been accorded those privileges that men are.’