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Making History: Laverne Cox Becomes Madame Tussauds First Transgender Wax Figure

Actress Laverne Cox has been chosen as the first transgender woman to be turned into a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

The Orange Is the New Black star’s likeness will join wax figures of George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio at Madame Tussauds San Francisco in Fisherman’s Wharf.

In a statement, Cox said

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 every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”

Cox broke barriers by being the first openly transgender woman of colour to be nominated for an Emmy and as an LGBT activist.

Laverne Cox

The wax figure will debut during the San Francisco Pride press conference June 26.

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