Madame Tussauds Milestone: First Transgender Wax Figure

Laverne Cox gets the honor
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 7:02 PM CDT
Laverne Cox arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Madame Tussauds will have its first transgender wax figure in place by the end of the month, with Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox getting the honor. The 31-year-old pronounced herself "deeply honored," reports Entertainment Weekly. "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 will be unveiled June 26 in the San Francisco museum, coinciding with the city's Pride festival. Orange, meanwhile, is back for a new season on Netflix Friday, notes UPI.

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