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.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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