“Orange is the New Black” star, Laverne Cox, bares her all in AllureMagazine‘s annual nudes issue in May, alongside “Furious 7″ star Jordana Brewster, “Sleepy Hollow”star Nicole Beharie, “Terminator Genisys” star Sandrine Holt, and “Vikings” star Katheryn Winnick.
The tastefully bold photo shoot captured the women in their natural beauty, with no makeup, no clothing and, for some, no fear. Brazil native, Jordana Brewster, revealed to Allure that she wasn’t afraid to pose nudeand was proud of her portrait. But Cox was hesitant in the beginning, turning down Allure‘s first request.
“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,” Cox told the magazine. “But 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 herself, might be inspiring to some other folks. There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true.”