Laverne Cox's Twin Brother M Lamar Gives Heartfelt Speech About Her on ABC's "Claim to Fame"

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Reginald Lamar Cox, known professionally as M Lamar, emerged to reveal he's the twin brother of Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox after being eliminated on Monday's edition of the ABC series "Claim To Fame".

Co-hosted by siblings Kevin and Frankie Jonas, the series challenges 12 celebrity relatives to step outside their famous family members' shadows and live together under one roof, concealing their identities and lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune. They compete in challenges, form alliances and play DNA detective in hopes of avoiding elimination and winning the coveted $100,000 prize.


M Lamar, 50, is a composer who works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becomings. Lamar holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and attended the Yale School of Art, sculpture program, before dropping out to pursue music.


Upon his elimination from the series he expressed extreme gratitude to his sister Laverne Cox.


'I have so much respect for my sister,' he said. 'I’ve never really spoken about her, but since she’s the reason why I’m here, I want to say in front of the world: I love her so much.


He continued: 'I think she is the most extraordinary person I’ve ever met. She has endured all kinds of insanity and continues to; she continues to stand with so much dignity and pride and go forward and be an inspiration for so many people.'

'The number of Black trans actresses who are on the covers of magazines, who are starring in television shows, all of that did not exist before my sister,' he said. 'And I just want to thank her and praise her.'


Lamar played Cox's younger pre-transitioned self in the hit Netflix series "Orange is the New Black". Since his few appearances on the show, Lamar has lived under the radar and relatively out of the spotlight.


Laverne took to Instagram to express thanks to her brother: "My brother's love, support and counsel are part of the reason I am who I am. And this reaffirms for me that there is a God, a higher power, a blessed energy force bigger than us."