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WONDER WOMAN

Sashaying into the incredibly fancy Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris, Laverne Cox rattles off some pleasantries in what sounds like fluent French then says: “That’s all I got.” That ain’t all Laverne’s got. The Orange Is the New Black star has got the lot – beauty, talent and smarts to spare

Add in the fact that she’s

Hollywood’s most high-profile transgender actress who campaigns for LGBT causes, and it’s no wonder she’s been hailed as a role model. Not that Laverne, 31, likes being called that. “In fact I hate the term ‘role model’. I think it’s presumptuous to think anyone should model their life after me, but I do like the term ‘possibility model’ and thinking about what’s possible.”

She cites Candis Cayne, who played Carmelita on Dirty Sexy Money in 2007, as an inspiration. “She was the first transgender actress to have a role on a primetime TV show,” Laverne marvels, “and that moment made me believe it was possible for me to be an out trans woman and have a career as an actress. That changed my life. It created a possibility for me, so I like the idea of possibility.”

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