Laverne Cox Becomes First Trans TIME Magazine Cover Model

Laverne Cox TimeTIME magazine is making up for their non-inclusion of Laverne Cox – who plays the amazingly resourceful hairstylist Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black – on their 100 Most Influential list with a brand new story entitled “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier.”

After an outpouring of fans wondered why the transgendered advocate was missing from the issue (#whereislavernecox), the magazine has given the actress her very own cover. While Cox told her followers that they “made this happen,” a spokesperson for Time says the story had been planned “months” before the controversy. 

Via Laverne Cox’s official Facebook page:

It’s my birthday and being on the cover of @TIME magazine is a milestone in my career and for my community. It’s important that we take this moment to work even harder to seek justice for the trans folks whose lives and safety are in danger everyday simply for being who they are.

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