Laverne Cox in Allure magazine.
Laverne Cox has posed naked on the cover of Allure magazine's nude issue for the best possible reason.
She initially rejected the request but, after some consideration, changed her mind.
"I'm a black transgender woman," she told Allure. "I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent."
"Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks."
Overnight, Cox was also named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People.
Her tribute was written by transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
"As a transgender child, I was always looking around for someone like me, because I thought I was the only one," she wrote. "Laverne, I love you and I'm so proud of you and you're definitely making a difference."