This is shaping up to be Laverne Cox‘s year in entertainment. The ‘Orange Is The New Black’ breakout star will have her life size figure unveiled during Pride Weekend in San Francisco on June 26, hopes having her statue in the world famous museum will be an “inspiration” to people going through what she has experienced as a black transgender person.
Laverne Cox told television program ‘Extra’, “I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for everyone who encounters it to believe that there dreams matter and are possible. I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy. When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary.”
Laverne is delighted with the way American society now seems to be accepting of transgender individuals but she still considers every person who comes forward to tell their gender story very “courageous”.
She added: “I think it’s always powerful when another transgender person comes forward and speaks the truth of their experience authentically and lives visibly is revolutionary in a world that tells us we shouldn’t exist. I believe it’s deeply courageous.”
I would love to be present at the unveiling. I think Laverne Cox has accomplished so much and that definitely makes her a role model in my eyes. And I would have to agree with her that anyone who decides to share their story, especially one that seems a bit out of the “norm”, is courageous. You go girl!
By Monique C. Tillman