We know Laverne Cox from her profound, groundbreaking, and comedic acting work in Orange is the New Black, the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show remake, and new CBS series Doubt (in which the amazing actress is the first trans person to portray a trans character on a network program). And, of course, we know Laverne for her incredibly important social justice work as a trans activist — but do you also remember in 2014 when she coined a fantastic term to replace the phrase “role model?”
In a 2014 interview with Katie Couric (in which Cox famously shut down Couric’s invasive questions about trans bodies), Cox used the term “possibility model”:
“I would never be so arrogant to think that someone should model their life after me. But the idea of possibility…the idea that I get to live my dreams out in public, hopefully will show to other folks that it’s possible. So I prefer the term ‘possibility model’ to ‘role model.’”
And in a new feature for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, Laverne has posed for photographs in the style of her own “possibility models” and “personal superheroines,” and the images will slay you.
We can’t handle her “Single Ladies”-era Beyoncé fabulosity.
In the caption, Cox writes about the black women who have inspired her and who she channels in the photoshoot:
“I’m paying tribute to my personal super heroines, possibility models like Beyoncé, who represents excellence. The six black women I chose also include Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Josephine Baker, Tracey Africa, and Leontyne Price. They constantly inspire me and provide a blueprint for innovation, beauty, excellence and tearing down barriers. Thank you all!”
Laverne also posted her gorgeous homage to the legendary rock and roller, Tina Turner.
“Tina Turner is a rock & roll legend. Tina inspires me because of her ferocity on stage and her incredible voice that carries resilience, power and beauty in every note. She is simultaneously sexy and utterly empowered. She is truly one of the architects of rock and roll.”
The Cosmo issue is on stands now, and we are desperate to see the tributes to the four other boundary-breaking icons who inspire Laverne Cox, a boundary-breaking icon herself.