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Laverne Cox: 'Filters are no substitute for self-acceptance'

Laverne Cox explains her slim-line nose in a recent selfie was down to Snapchat, not plastic surgery.

Actress Laverne Cox has hit back at speculation she has had plastic surgery, insisting her 'new look' is the result of a simple Snapchat filter.

The Orange is the New Black star posted a perfectly-edited selfie on Instagram on Monday (18July16), but despite making it clear she had used a filter to make her look her best, Laverne still faced accusations suggesting she had gone the knife for a nose job.

The transgender star returned to the social media site on Tuesday (19Jul16) to clear up the chatter, insisting she was just having fun with the filter options online.

"For everyone who thinks I had a nose job, the surgeon is Snapchat," she wrote next to a side-by-side comparison of herself with and without the warm-toned filter, which made her nose and face appear slimmer.

She then underlined the need for self-love: "I try to love, embrace and accept myself everyday, filter or no filter, make up or no makeup, weave or no weave," the 32-year-old continued. "Filters are fun but they are no substitute for me waking up, looking in the mirror and seeing the unfiltered me as beautiful and worthy of acceptance and love. #TransIsBeautiful".

As well as experimenting with filters for fun, Laverne has enjoyed mixing up her personal style since finding fame on the hit Netflix series in 2013.

"I think my taste has changed as well," she mused to America's InStyle magazine earlier this year (16), while discussing her red carpet looks and her experience working with personal stylist Christina Pacelli. "Christina has had a really amazing influence on me. We always like to keep a little bit of an edge but be lady-like, sometimes be sexy.

"Sometimes I want to be a little vampy, a little sexy. And sometimes I want to be a little edgy and a little more modern. And sometimes I want to be just sort of classic and elegant, and ethereal."

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