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Laverne Cox Becomes First Transgender on Cover of British Vogue Magazine

Have you heard of Meghan Markle? The Duchess of Sussex was the guest-editor of British Vogue Magazine. The September edition that she collaborated on featured a "Forces of Change" theme that focused on 15 inspirational and diverse women including the transgender queen Laverne Cox.

This honor makes Laverne Cox the first transgender to be featured on the Vogue magazine cover. Cox told PEOPLE that the opportunity was a "dream come true. It’s been one of my biggest dreams and here it is.”

In her interview she said,

“I did not find that out until last week. [British Vogueeditor-in-chief] Edward Enninful called me at 9:30 in the morning and he’s like, ‘I have someone on the phone for you,’ and it was the Duchess of Sussex.”

Meghan Markle had actually hand picked Cox and told Laverne that she was inspiration and encouraged her to keep moving forward. As it turns out, Laverne was a big fan of Meghan Markel too! (as expected of a woman with taste).

photo by Peter Lindbergh

“What’s exciting about the cover is the blank square where there’s a mirror,” she says. “Yes, all these women are an amazing force for change, but it really has to start with each individual. We need to come together as a human race and understand our shared humanity to save our planet and lift every voice and experience and every story. I believe that is the work.” “She has been such a huge inspiration for so many of us. Yes, as an African American member of the royal family, but I think a lot about Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and what she meant to so many people. She wanted to help and be of service to the world — it feels like Prince Harry chose a partner who embodies so much of what his mother stood for. Certainly the Duchess is her own person, but I think about what it means to be of service. I feel like that’s what she feels called to do. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

To have women of different colors, shapes, sizes and backgrounds show not only the diversity that is being craved but the forces of change. Of course, if you'd like to add one more force of change, I suggest you look in the mirror.

To see Laverne Cox's featuring in British Vogue watch below:


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