Laverne Cox, LGBTQ activist and actress has been the first to do several thing. This time, is being the first Black trans woman on the cover of Vogue magazine. She can add this to her list of achievements like having a wax figure in Madame Tussauds, the first Black trans on the cover of Times magazine, being the first trans woman to produce and star in her show, and also to be the first Black trans to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy award.
In September, British Vogue will feature Cox and more than a dozen other pioneering women on the cover, labeled the “Forces for Change.” The group includes actress Yara Shahidi, Sudanese model and advocate Adut Akech, boxer Ramla Ali, and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche to name a few. These women were personally picked by the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, who is Vogue’s September guest editor. The September issue is combination of work and features the “Forces for Change,” along with messages around internal beauty, Commonwealth designers, sustainable brands, and also includes a dialogue with Michelle Obama.
Cox was asked how she felt about being chosen by the Duchess, and she said, “I did not find that out until last week. Edward Enninful (Vogue’s editor-in-chief) called me at 9:30 in the morning and he’s like, ‘I have someone on the phone for you,’ and it was the Duchess of Sussex.”
Meghan Markle was also asked to be on the cover by herself, but in typical Meghan fashion, she declined but wanted to have a more impactful role for the magazine that month.
Cox posted about the news on Instagram saying, “I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to share this cover. Being on the cover of Vogue magazine has been a dream of mine since I was a child. To get to share this cover with a group of women who inspire me, who are truly forces of change is deeply humbling.” Being picked by Meghan is an honor to Cox as well, as she has been a fan of hers since Her Royal Highness was a star in Suits.