She’s covered the likes of TIME and Variety. And Laverne Cox has landed another powerful magazine cover with the new issue of COSMOPOLITAN South Africa.

In a special LGBTI-focused ‘#SayYesToLove ‘ issue, the magazine has given its iconic masthead a rainbow theme.

Explaining more about the issue, COSMOPOLITAN South Africa Editor-in-Chief Holly Meadows said: ‘We wanted to disrupt hetero-normative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018 – including acceptance of self, others and non-binary relationships.’

laverne-south-africa‘Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open’

Laverne shares a hand-written letter inside the issue. In it, she writes: ‘Your voice matters, the truth of who you know yourselves to be matters. The truth will set you free!’

The Emmy-nominated star furthermore adds: ‘Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light.’

The Orange Is the New Black actress also shares a personal example of the above in in a behind-the-scenes YouTube video from the shoot.

Laverne-Cox-COSMOSA-coverIn it, she describes the most romantic moment of her life. ‘As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men I’ve dated,’ she says.

‘So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad, and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.’

In the clip, the star also reveals her celebrity crush is Drake. (‘Hi Drake. I’m fancy.’) She also reveals the person she would most want to be stuck in an elevator with is Oprah Winfrey.

‘Laverne has become a revolutionary icon’

Editor Meadows furthermore added: ‘Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon.’

She also said: ‘Cox is the world’s most vocal trans poster girl and an activist for the intersection of race, class and gender identities, challenging toxic masculinity, white supremacy and the misrepresentation of trans people.

‘For us at COSMO, love – at least for this issue – is celebrating Laverne as the fun, fearless female she is.’

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