In honor of Pride month, Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox has been chosen as the first transgender woman to be turned into a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
A statement on the Madame Tussauds website read: “Madame Tussauds is proud to celebrate Ms. Cox’s outstanding achievements and the impact she has made through raising awareness and her stance on equality and inclusion within the LGBT community. Madame Tussauds is honored to represent Ms. Cox and her historic impact. Ms. Cox’s figure will be released during Pride Weekend.”
Spokeswoman Kari Martin said Cox was selected for her visibility as “both a transgender icon and as an actress.”
While LBGT celebrities like Elton John, Harvey Milk and Billie Jean King have been turned into wax figures, Cox will be the first transgender figure in any of the 19 Madame Tussauds that reside around the world.
“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy,” 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 everyone who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
A special look of the process is below courtesy of Madame Tussauds San Francisco.