I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again. 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.
—  Laverne Cox on deciding to participate in Allure magazine’s annual “Nudes” issue. Role model forever. (via Allure; link includes semi-NSFW photo)

Laverne Cox

Above is very publicly known photo taken of Laverne for “Allure Magazine” Before anyone decides to say that this is “Unfeminist”, sit down.

Laverne Cox is the freaking QUEEN of feminism, so I will not be hearing that. People often blur the line between Sexual empowerment and Objectification, which to be fair, can sometimes be hard to distinguish. 

“Going through life, you try to cover and hide, but it doesn’t really work”

Laverne here on trans objectification:

My take on this photo is positive. This is empowering, because SHE is in control. No one can take that away from her. This isn’t like a typical magazine piece purely for people to use her body for pleasure. She is owning her own body. She is showing her control over her own body, because no one is forcing her to do this. In fact, Laverne originally declined the offer before deciding herself to do it. 

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again,”

The Main power behind it is what she represents. She is Black, trans and a woman. This is huge. It’s really really tough for a lot of trans people especially. She’s also showing that Black women are beautiful, and that no woman should be ashamed of her body. We need more body Love especially trans body love and positivity:

This is about so much more than her, but what’s really important is that she did it for her too. To use a beautiful quote from Cox herself: 

 "I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again, 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.   

So yeah, I say Hell yeah Laverne Cox!!

Sincery Vanessa, your Trans Feminist Princess

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Stars Pose Nude for Allure Magazine

Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox, Furious 7′s Jordana Brewster, Vikings‘ Katheryn Winnick, House of Cards‘ Sandrine Holt, and Sleepy Hollow‘s Nicole Beharie pose nude for Allure’s Nudes feature.

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