8 Groundbreaking Transgender People in Pop Culture

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Cox first broke into show business as a reality star, appearing on VH1 competition show I Want to Work for Diddy and producing and hosting her own makeover show, TRANSform Me, for the network. However, she became a household name for her portrayal of transgender inmate Sophia Burset on award-winning Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. With her 2014 nomination Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category.