OITNB Star: I Won't Make My Face More Feminine

'This is the face that God gave me,' says transgender icon Laverne Cox
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2015 10:52 AM CDT
OITNB Star: I Won't Make My Face More Feminine
Actress Laverne Cox attends Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" OrangeCon celebration at Skylight Clarkson SQ on June 11, 2015, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Sophia Burset is back on Netflix, making over inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary in the new season of Orange Is the New Black. But Laverne Cox, the transgender actress who plays her, says she personally won't get any makeover: Though she used to crave "highly invasive surgical procedures" to appear more feminine, that dream is no more, she tells the Guardian. "All these years later, I have the money to do it, but … I don't want it!" she says. "I'm happy that this is the face that God gave me, and it's imperfect." She also chats about Caitlyn Jenner's debut—"I knew everybody would be asking me about it"—and the Tumblr post she wrote in response. "I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving," she wrote. "It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally."

But she also notes in the same post that beauty isn't skin deep, especially when it comes to the transgender community, writing, "I started #TransIsBeautiful as a way to celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans, those things that don't necessarily align with cisnormative beauty standards. For me it is necessary everyday [sic] to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don't align with other people's ideas about what is beautiful." Cox covers a lot of other territory, including how much she loves Sophia's "heart and soul," her upbringing in Mobile, Ala., with her twin brother (who played her as a male before her transition on OITNB), and the particular misconceptions surrounding being transgender. (Read her entire interview at the Guardian.)

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