Laverne Cox first transgender woman to appear on cover of Cosmopolitan magazine

Laverne Cox is the first transgender woman to ever grace the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.


The actress, best known for her role in the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” is featured on the February 2018 “Say Yes to Love” edition of Cosmopolitan South Africa.

“Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light,” Cox wrote in a letter for the issue.


Holly Meadows, the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan South Africa called Laverne “the world’s most vocal trans poster girl” and celebrated her role as an actress and activist.

“Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon,” Meadows said.


“We wanted to disrupt hetero-normative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018 – including acceptance of self, others and non-binary relationships,” Meadows said.

No word yet on when Cox will grace the U.S. edition.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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