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Laverne Cox is a two-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black where she plays the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset. Laverne is the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show and the first openly Trans person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category.

Laverne is currently involved and developing several projects...most notably a documentary entitled DISCLOSURE : Trans Lives On Screen.

Laverne is stepping into the world of fashion & beauty starring in a new campaign for Beyonce's athleisure line, Ivy Park. She also teamed up with Orly to create “Celebrate Yourself” a Limited Edition collection of nail colors.

Laverne’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME Magazine as well as 2 Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.” Laverne continues to break boundaries and make history with accolades including back to back SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” a Critic’s Choice nomination for “Best Supporting Actress,” and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.”

Laverne’s other acting credits include "Grandma," starring Lily Tomlin from acclaimed writer and director Paul Weitz and “Freak Show,” from director Trudie Styler. Laverne has had guest starring roles on several TV shows including; the hit Fox comedy The Mindy Project, Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and MTV’s Faking It. She also hosted #GoBold brought to you by Revlon, an empowering web series that celebrates bold, provocative women setting out to accomplish their goals.

Laverne’s documentary Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word aired October 2014 on MTV & Logo to impressive ratings. The hour-long documentary explored the lives seven transgender youth from across the country and their determination to lead their lives as the people they are meant to be. Laverne was the host and executive producer of the groundbreaking documentary which won a Daytime Emmy Award and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

Laverne is also Executive Producing two powerful documentaries; Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen an unprecedented, groundbreaking look at the depiction of transgender characters throughout the history of film and TV. Taking us on a journey through a rich trove of Hollywood footage, trans actors and filmmakers give voice to a complex narrative of progress and backlash, and bring to life the liberatory potential of storytelling as a powerful tool for social change. As well as Free CeCe which focuses awareness surrounding CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman who was controversially sentenced to 41 months in prison for second degree manslaughter after allegedly defending herself against a racist and transphobic attack. The documentary will focus on McDonald's case, her experiences while incarcerated in a men's prison and the larger implications of her case for the transgender community.

In 2013 Laverne won Best Supporting Actress at the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for her work in the critically acclaimed film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan). Laverne’s other acting credits include Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death, and the independent films Carla and The Exhibitionists. She also voiced the Lady Chablis in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil for METABOOK.

Laverne is the first trans woman of color to produce and star in her own television show, VH1’s

TRANSForm Me” which was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Laverne is also the first trans woman of color to appear on an American reality television program, VH1’s I Wanna Work for Diddy for which she accepted the GLAAD media award for “Outstanding Reality Program.” She also received The Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles.

In addition to her acting, Laverne is a renowned speaker and has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations to live more authentically all over the country. Her work as an advocate landed her a coveted spot as one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year. She is the recipient of the Dorian Rising Star Award for her work in Orange is the New Black, 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, was named one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, one of Out magazine’s Out 100, made the Ebony Power 100 and was ranked number 5 on the 2014 Root 100 list.

 

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