Laverne Cox pays tribute to three of her personal icons – rock legend Tina Turner, superstar Beyonce and trailblazing model Tracey Africa – in a new Cosmopolitan magazine feature
“Excited to share my feature in @Cosmopolitan, on stands now! I’m paying tribute to my personal super heroines, possibility models like #Beyoncé who represents excellence. The six black women I chose also include #TinaTurner, #JanetJackson, #JosephineBaker #TraceyAfrica and #LeontynePrice. They constantly inspire me and provide a blueprint for for innovation, beauty, excellence and tearing down barriers. Thank you all! … and happy belated birthday @Beyonce #BeyDay,” The Rocky Horror Picture Show star wrote on Instagram.
“Tina Turner is a rock & roll legend. Tina inspires me because of her ferocity on stage and her incredible voice that carries residence, power and beauty in every note. She is simultaneously sexy and utterly empowered. She is truly one of the architects of Rock and roll. Special shout out to @theladydeja for @double_d_production who did my makeup. @ursulastephen who did all the hair. fashion director @ayatkanai nails @bernadettenails photographed by @ruvenafanador,” she added.
“She was a black trans woman who modeled in the ’70s, and had cosmetics deals and a hair contract with Clairol — it was a big deal,” Cox said about model Tracey Africa. “People think, ‘Oh, this trans revolution is just starting,’ but we’ve been around for a very long time. It’s important to know that there’s been a path blazed for me.”
Loving the feature!
Images: Ruven Afanador for Cosmo