Laverne Cox is giving Beyonce a run for her money.
The Orange Is the New Black star transformed into the famous singer for Cosmopolitan‘s October issue and completely nailed it.
The actress, who recently made history as the first transgender woman series regular on network television, channeled her inner Queen Bey and slid into a black leotard for a dang good recreation of the “Single Ladies” video.
The purpose of the transformation was all to pay homage to the people who encourage her to be brave and stand out. “Beyoncé represents excellence. Her work ethic is like nobody else I’ve ever seen,” Cox tells the mag. “There were so many moments when I was shooting Rocky Horror and I’d be exhausted. My body would be hurting and I’d be like, ‘Beyoncé. Beyoncé does this. You have to just put in the work.”
Cox also honored Tina Turner for the upcoming issue, transmuting into the iconic songstress — wig and all. “The pain, pleasure, and agony of all she’s been through is in her voice,” Laverne shares. “Her story is the story of so many black women who’ve endured abuse and come out the other side in such a brilliant, beautiful way.”
And Cox wouldn’t be who she was today if it weren’t for trans model Tracey Africa. “She was a black trans woman who modeled in the ’70s and had cosmetics deals and a hair contract with Clairol—it was a big deal. People think, ‘Oh, this trans revolution is just starting,’ but we’ve been around for a very long time,” Cox, who also recreated Africa’s look, explains. “It’s important to know that there’s been a path blazed for me.”
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