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Saturday 25 October 2014

Laverne Cox: My clothes free me

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox wants to send a message to the world through her fashion.

The 30-year-old actress is known for playing sassy inmate Sophia Burset on Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, and is just as confident away from the camera when it comes to fashion. Being a transgender star, Laverne remembers how freeing it was to share her true self through the means of clothing.

“The way I dress is really about the message I want to send out to the world about who I am. Growing up in Alabama, I was black. I was poor. I was assigned male at birth - that’s how I like to put it," she told WWD. "These things defined me, but I’m not any of these things. Clothes were a way for me to announce to the world who I was. I am not any of these things. This is who I am."

Her stunning looks have earned her a spot on the front page of Time magazine earlier this year, and she is set to be a Project Runway guest judge this fall. Laverne still can't come to terms with her success, but always had an inkling she'd prove doubters wrong.

“For my high school graduation, I wore a zebra robe and a pillbox hat. Running around Alabama in a zebra robe and a turban, I got bullied a lot. It was rough," she sighed. "When kids would bully me, I would say, ‘One day I will be rich and famous and I’ll show you.’ And that’s what got me through my childhood. It’s a crazy thing to think back on now.”

Laverne is currently gearing up for this year's Emmy Awards, which take place on Monday. She is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.

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