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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.”

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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.”

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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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Meghan Markle Is Headed Back To The Small Screen…Kinda

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Meghan Markle may have left USA’s Suits after seven seasons, but the actress’ likeness will be making it’s way back to a TV very soon. Lifetime has announced that it’s planning a film based on Markle and her soon to be husband, Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance.

The cable network, known for it’s biopics, made the announcement on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“And before the wedding of the year takes place between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lifetime will debut a movie revealing how the stars aligned for this royal romance,” said Lifetime’s head of programming Liz Gateley.

Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story  (working title) will trace Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship from the day they met to the overwhelming media attention surrounding their eventual engagement, which was announced in November. It will also touch on their courtship after they were set up by mutual friends and depict Markle’s life as a divorced American actress.

Menhaj Huda, who helmed an episode of E!’s fictional Royal Family series The Royals is on hand to direct. Casting is currently underway.

No official date has been announced, but given Lifetime’s track record, fans should expect the movie to release a few days before the couples May 19 wedding. Back in 2011, Lifetime aired William & Kate: The Movie just days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29.

 

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