Laverne Cox to Be Madame Tussauds' First Transgender Wax Figure

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 2:50 PM PDT, June 09, 2015
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It won't be long before you can snap a picture with Laverne Cox. Well, her wax figure, that is.

The Orange Is the New Black star's likeness makes its debut at Madame Tussauds San Francisco on June 26 during Pride Weekend. What's more, Cox will be the first transgender person to be honored with a wax figure by the famed museum.

Cox, 31, spoke about what the historic honor means to her in a statement on the Madame Tussauds San Francisco website. "I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy," she 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. It is my 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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Madame Tussauds shared part of the process that went into making Cox's wax figure. Check out the attention to detail as they measure her, create casts of her hands and pick out her eyeballs.

The historic moment for Cox won't be her first. She was also the first transgender person to appear in Time magazine and the first to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

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Check out the video below to see Cox talk about being the first transgender person on the cover of Time