Okay, Laverne Cox, we get it. You are amazing and continue to put us all to shame. But for those of you who forgot these simple facts, here is the actress’ naked body in Allure‘s May 2015 issue, looking all glorious and delicious in black and white. Cox posed for the magazine’s annual nude shoot and says that at first, she declined to appear in the issue. But after a little soul-searching about the significance of someone like her doing a shoot like this, she agreed to disrobe for the camera – and the world is better for it.
“I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent,” she said. “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.”
Well, if there’s any image that says eff your outdated and narrow beauty standards – this is it. Ms. Laverne simply nailed it here and it’s absolutely undeniable: she looks gorgeous.