“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox is all kinds of fierce as herself.
But, when she transformed into her heroines Tina Turner, Beyoncé, and Tracy Africa for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, it was nothing short of fantastic.
On Tina Turner:
The pain, pleasure, and agony of all she’s been through is in her voice. Her story is the story of so many black women who’ve endured abuse and come out the other side in such a brilliant, beautiful way.
Beyoncé represents excellence. Her work ethic is like nobody else I’ve ever seen. There were so many moments when I was shooting Rocky Horror, and I’d be exhausted. My body would be hurting, and I’d be like, ‘Beyoncé. Beyoncé does this.’ You have to just put in the work.
On Tracy Africa:
She was a black trans woman who modeled in the ’70s. And had cosmetics deals and a hair contract with Clairol — it was a big deal. People think, ‘Oh, this trans revolution is just starting,’ but we’ve been around for a very long time. It’s important to know that there’s been a path blazed for me.