Madame Tussauds (the museum offering guests the unique opportunity to meet wax likenesses of some of the world’s most famous stars) announced today that Laverne Cox will join Madame Tussauds collection as the first ever transgender figure in the long history of Madame Tussauds.
Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy winning producer, Laverne Cox, is known for her groundbreaking role as the first trans woman of color on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” and her advocacy in the LGBT community.
Ms. Cox has been honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD, the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, the Reader’s Choice Award from “Out Magazine”, was named one of the Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, among others. Additionally, Ms. Cox’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME Magazine as well as an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series”.
“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy,” says Ms. Cox. “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. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
Ms. Cox’s figure will be released during Pride Weekend at the SF Pride press conference on June 26, 2015.
Watch Cox’s fitting session for her Madame Tussaud figure: