'OITNB' Actress Laverne Cox's Nude Photo Shoot Should Get Everyone Talking

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Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox is showing off a lot more than just her trademark confidence in new photos appearing in Allure's annual nude photography feature. The actress, who previously turned down the opportunity twice before agreeing to bare all, is the first transgender woman to appear in the buff and, boy, does she set the bar high! 


So, just what caused her change of heart? Cox explains why this pictorial is so important:

I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. 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.

It's wonderful to see Cox embrace her body. Not only is she absolutely stunning, but we have to imagine she's overcome plenty of painful obstacles to attain her flawless look.

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The 30-year-old advocate, who strives to be an inspiration for youth grappling with gender identity issues, sure has put herself out there for her cause, which explains why she's referred to as a "pioneer" for the transgender community.

No stranger to breaking down barriers, Cox was the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy award for her portrayal of the foxy and feisty Sophia Burset.

This has been an exciting year for Cox, who landed on Time's List of the 100 Most Influential People. Seeing her so comfortable in her skin and succeeding at spreading the message of acceptance is truly an inspiration. Now that's something to talk about!

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