COSMOPOLITAN features Laverne Cox as first ever transgender cover star in Africa
Laverne Cox stars as COSMOPOLITAN’s first ever transgender cover girl
Cape Town, 22 January, 2018 –
For their landmark February 2018 #SayYesToLove issue, COSMOPOLITAN South Africa flew to New York to shoot transgender activist and actor Laverne Cox. This is Cox’s first COSMOPOLITAN cover, and marks the brand’s first transgender cover girl worldwide – a truly historic moment.
“Your voice matters, the truth of who you know yourselves to be matters. The truth will set you free!” – this is Cox’s powerful message in her exclusive COSMOPOLITAN interview to the LGBTQI+ community in South Africa.
The cover and six-page feature was captured by celebrity photographer Marc Baptiste, on location at Yotel New York in December 2017. Baptiste has photographed Hollywood A-listers including Barack Obama, Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé.
In this world exclusive, the Emmy award-winning producer, front-woman of Beyoncé’s Ivy Park clothing line, and host of Kim Kardashian’s new beauty reality show Glam Masters, spills on her celebrity crush (it’s surprising!) and the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for her.
In the hand-written interview, Cox tells all about her first kiss and talks honestly about the things she wants us all to know about transgender people. For Cox, #SayYesToLove means “leaning into the vulnerability required to really love someone and yourself”.
COSMOPOLITAN South Africa Editor-in-Chief, Holly Meadows says: “We wanted to disrupt hetero-normative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018 – including acceptance of self, others and non-binary relationships. Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon. Cox is the world’s most vocal trans poster girl and an activist for the intersection of race, class and gender identities, challenging toxic masculinity, white supremacy and the misrepresentation of trans people. For us at COSMO, love – at least for this issue – is celebrating Laverne as the fun, fearless female she is.”
On the cover, Cox wears a custom body suit by South African designer Tracy B, with makeup by her longstanding friend Deja Smith, and hair by Bradley Irons.
This is the fourth time in the last year and a half that COSMPOLITAN South Africa has travelled to the US to shoot a world exclusive cover, hot on the trail of Amber Rose, Blac Chyna and Ciara.