Laverne Cox Sex Change: Are The Rumors True?
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality TV star, television producer and LGBT advocate. Thanks to her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the series Orange Is The New Black she drew attention to herself and quickly found herself in the spotlight.
Because of her outstanding performance, Laverne became the first openly transgender person nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category and the first in the music category since composer/musician Angela Morley in 1990. Cox also became the first transgender person with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
So who is Laverne Cox? And what’s the story behind her sex change? Let’s get to know this actress a bit more!
Lawrence was born in Mobile, Alabama. She has an identical twin brother, M. Lamar who also appear in Orange Is The New Black, as the pre-transitioning Sophia. According to Lawrence, her childhood wasn’t easy as she was bullied for not acting “like boys should act”. As an 11-year-old, when she started developing feelings for her male classmates she attempted suicide.
After school she moved to New York and studied drama and dance. This is where she became more and more comfortable with the fact that she was different. She slowly started understanding that not being like everyone else and looking non-mainstream was a virtue.
However, some scars were left even after her sex change and when she finally felt like herself – a woman. Namely, for a long time she wanted to change her facial features with surgery and “feminise” her face. At the time she didn’t have the money necessary and couldn’t go through with it.
Now, when she’s a famous TV star money is no longer a problem, but Laverne says she wouldn’t change anything now ant that she has become comfortable with her imperfections.
She said: “I have never talked about the medical details of my transition, and a lot of people assume I’ve had all this surgery. Years ago, I wanted really highly invasive surgical procedures to feminise my face. All these years later, I have the money to do it, but I don’t want it. I don’t want it! I’m happy that this is the face that God gave me, and it’s imperfect.”
Even though she wasn’t a celebrity when she underwent her sex change and the fact that she doesn’t speak much about the surgery details, Laverne is considered as one of the biggest advocates of LGBT rights. She has won numerous awards for spreading awareness about this issue.
One of the most prestigious awards is an Honorary Doctorate from The New York School for her work in the fight toward gender equality. She is also the first transgender person who can say that they’ve been on the cover of Time magazine! Cox has definitely been the “first” for many things and, by the look of it, it will continue the same way.