Laverne Cox Poses Nude For Allure, Makes History

Photo: Courtesy of Norman Jean Roy/Allure.
Allure's annual "Nudes" feature boasts gorgeous portraits of the stars willing to bare it all for their cameras. This year's spread highlights Norman Jean Roy's fabulous photos of Laverne Cox, Sandrine Holt (Terminator Genisys), Nicole Beharie(Sleepy Hollow), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Jordana Brewster (Furious 7), but the captivating images aren't the only things snagging our attention. Each actress is interviewed about her thoughts and feelings about posing nude, why they decided to do it, and more.

Cox turned down Allure's offer at first, but after giving the matter some thought, changed her mind. "I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again. But, I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There's beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it's true."

Cox added: "I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that's great. If they don't, then I'm still happy."

Meanwhile, Winnick prepped for the shoot with a little help from her friends. She told Allure, "I called my girlfriends and asked them to pose naked to show me what positions look good. I have a few crazy photos on my phone." The Vikings star said she's fairly comfortable being au naturel. "I'll do the dishes naked, learn my lines naked, walk around my house naked," later adding, "Everybody should do this, in their home, hopefully with their significant other. If you can feel good in your own skin, why hide it?" 

Beharie told the mag that her starring role in Sleepy Hollow "requires athleticism. As a woman, it's good to be able to handle your own shit." Having just celebrated her 30th birthday, "I was really nervous [about posing]. But, I wanted to celebrate and accept my body in an artistic way."

Check out the interviews and the rest of the portraits over at Allure.

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