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Laverne Cox at ease on nude shoot

Laverne Cox initially turned down the nude shoot for Allure magazine.

The Orange Is the New Black actress is part of the publication’s annual ‘Nudes’ feature, which shows stars completely stripped down and showing off their figures.

Taking to Instagram, she proudly posted her snap from the shoot, which shows the 30-year-old reclining on some sheets, one arm propping up her head and the other draped across her body to cover her chest.

It was a daring move, but Laverne felt at ease.

“Thanks to everyone at @allure magazine for making me feel so comfortable taking off my clothes for the camera for your May issue. #NormanJeanRoy you're a genius. #CelebrateYourBody #TransIsBeautiful #OITNB @oitnb #BodiesThatMatter (sic),” she thanked the team behind the shoot in the image caption.

Laverne has paved the way for transgender stars, being very open about her experiences and winning many fans along the way. While her boldness is incredibly welcomed, she hesitated before diving into the Allure shoot.

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again," she admitted. “But I'm a black transgender woman. 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 her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true."

Joining Laverne for the 2015 ‘Nudes’ issue are Jordana Brewster, Katheryn Winnick, Nicole Beharie and Sandrine Holt.

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