Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox has posed naked for the new issue of Allure magazine.
She joined Furious 7 actress Jordana Brewster, Sandrine Holt, Nicole Beharie and Katheryn Winnick in the magazine’s May edition.
The 30-year-old transgender actress admits she was very reluctant about the photo shoot at first, but ultimately decided it would send a strong message of empowerment.
Her breakthrough into stardom was when she played Sophia Burset in the hit series.
About the shoot, ‘I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,’ she told the publication.
‘But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent.
She continued: ‘Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful.
‘Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.’
Laverne went on to share a snap on her Instagram to thank the magazine and photographer Norman Jean Roy for making her feel ‘comfortable’ with taking her clothes off and used the hashtags #CelebrateYourBody #TransIsBeautiful.
The new issue of Allure is on newsstands nationwide on April 28.
See photos of other stars who posed nude in the May issue of Allure Magazine.
Also is Vikings star Katheryn Winnick who revealed she asked her girlfriends to pose naked to show her what positions ‘look good’. She also added that she does have a few crazy photos on her phone.