LaVerne Cox Becomes First Transgender to Appear in Wax at Madame Tussauds

Melanie Arter
By Melanie Arter | June 9, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT

Transgender actress LaVerne Cox, star of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” (AP Photo)

LaVerne Cox, the star of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” said she is “deeply honored” to become the first transgender wax figure at the Madame Tussads museum.

Cox will unveil her wax figure at a press conference on June 26 prior to the 45th Annual Pride Celebration & Parade weekend, and her wax figure will be on display at the museum’s San Francisco location at the museum’s Fisherman’s Wharf location.

“Madame Tussauds is proud to celebrate Ms. Cox’s outstanding achievements and the impact she has made through raising awareness and her stance on equality and inclusion within the LGBT community. Madame Tussauds is honored to represent Ms. Cox and her historic impact. Ms. Cox’s figure will be released during Pride Weekend,” the museum announced on its website.

“When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for everyone who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible,” Cox said, according to People magazine.

“Emmy-nominated actress, Laverne Cox, is known for her groundbreaking role as the first Trans woman of color on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, and her advocacy in the LGBT community,” the museum noted on its website.

“As a result of her empowering messages, Ms. Cox has received the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, the Reader’s Choice Award from ‘Out Magazine’, was named one of the Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, among others,” the museum said.

“Additionally, Ms. Cox’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME Magazine as well as an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series,’” it added. 

H/T People magazine

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