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)