Laverne Cox has made waves in the transgender community since starring in Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black.
Now, the 31-year-old has received another major recognition — she is the first transgender woman to have a wax figure displayed at Madame Tussauds!
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“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy,” Laverne told Entertainment Weekly.
“When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for everyone who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
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The wax figure will be unveiled on June 26 in part with the San Francisco Pride Festival.
A spokesperson for Madame Tussauds also acknowledged the recognition to MSNBC.
“Madame Tussauds is proud to recognize Laverne Cox’s achievements, reflecting the San Francisco Pride 2015 theme of equality without exception and underpinning Madame Tussauds tradition of celebrating and reflecting contemporary society and the people who shape cultural landscape around the world regardless of race, creed, gender, sexuality,” they said.