Laverne Cox talks about her hair journey and feeling beautiful at age 47
She’s an acclaimed actress, an LGBTQ+ trailblazer in Hollywood, and now, as the new brand ambassador of leading haircare brand Matrix Total Results, Laverne Cox is ready to take on the beauty industry. Speaking with People after announcing the partnership, the Emmy Award-winning actress gets candid about everything from maintaining her natural curls and experimenting with wigs, to feeling confident and content at age 47.
“Every shade and every color of Laverne is acceptable. It’s been such a journey for me to not orphan parts of myself, but to embrace every single color of the rainbow that is Laverne and I like to encourage everybody to do that, to bring all of you to the table,” the Rocky Horror Picture Show star says. “Live your color.”
The Alabama native emerged as a champion for the LGBTQ+ community shortly after landing the role of Litchfield Prison inmate, Sofia Burset, on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black in 2013.
In 2014, she graced the cover of Time’s now-iconic “Transgender Tipping Point” issue and was the first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Then, one year later, she became the first trans woman to win a Daytime Emmy as executive producer for Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.
Although she loves a good wig—and happily admits to wearing one every day!—Cox’s natural hair health has drastically improved, thanks to coconut oil and the Length Goals line by Matrix Total Results (which includes a sulfate-free shampoo, a restoring conditioner and a multi-benefit styling spray).
As an actress, Cox says she “loves having the ability to transform myself, my look, and my character with hair.”
This story originally appeared on People.com by Hanna Flanagan.