I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa @Regranned from @cosmopolitansa – Say WHAT? #SayYesToLove 🏳️🌈 And this month’s issue is filled with it! 💖 In this South Africa exclusive @lavernecox stars as COSMO’s first ever openly trans cover girl! Ain’t I a woman? Yes you are and we 💞 you. ALSO, #LGBTQI+ allies and activists on Love in 2018 💝 You don’t want to miss this one! #COSMOxLaverne #COSMOFebruary #TransIsBeautiful ⭐️ click on the link in my bio to get your copy of this very special issue.
Laverne Cox is Cosmopolitan’s first openly transgender cover model.
Cox, 45, made her debut on the cover of Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February 2018 issue which features the “Cosmopolitan” title in a rainbow font and the hashtag #SayYesToLove.
“I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa,” Laverne posted on Instagram.
Cox has been achieving milestones for the transgender community in entertainment. As Cosmopolitan notes in an Instagram post, Cox is also the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role on “Orange is the New Black” and is the first transgender person to have her own Madame Tussauds wax figure.
#TransIsBeautiful, YES it is! 🌸💙🎀💎 ‘Trans women deserve to be loved, out in the open, and in the light’ says the amazing @lavernecox on our cover this month! 💖 She’s made history as the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category 🏆 and she is also the first to have a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds 💃, now in a GLOBAL first for COSMO she features as our incredible cover star! ⭐ Get it, girl! #COSMOFebruary #COSMOxLaverne #TransIsBeautiful
In the interview, Cox got candid about her struggles dating as a transgender woman.
“As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men that I’ve dated,” Cox says. “So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.”
“Trans women deserve to be loved, out in the open, and in the light,” she adds.
Watch a behind-the-scenes clip of Cox taking the #CosmoQuiz below.
It’s not my first #CosmoQuiz but it’s the first one I’ve taken on camera for @cosmopolitansa. 42 years ago this month @iambeverlyjohnson became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. Thanks Ms. Johnson for paving the way for all of the black women who have followed you over the years on Cosmo covers. Thanks to trans models like @leat @andrejapejic @harinef @valentts @geenarocero @therealtraceyafrica and more who are changing beauty standards and breaking barriers for trans folks on the covers of fashion magazine’s all over the world. 🌸✨⚡️ #COSMOxLaverne #TransIsBeautiful ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 – #regrann