Actress Laverne Cox has been chosen as the first transgender woman to be immortalised into a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, in honor of Pride Month.
The Orange Is the New Black star’s likeness will join the wax figures of icons like George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio at Madame Tussauds San Francisco in Fisherman’s Wharf. Prior to Caitlyn Jenner’s recent transition, Cox broke barriers by being the first openly transgender woman of colour to be nominated for an Emmy.
Cox is a well known activist for LGBT rights and spoke proudly of the announcement;
“When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honour 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.”
The star was also the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time magazine. Cox’s wax figure will debut during the San Francisco Pride press conference on 26th June.
Watch the trailer for the upcoming third season of Orange is the New Black, below.