No, Flagrant reader, you have not died and gone to Heaven. Laverne Cox, one of our finest angels here on Earth, makes history once again as the covergirl for the February 2018 #SayYesToLove edition of Cosmopolitan South Africa. Cox, 45, is the first transgender women to appear on a Cosmo cover. She is also a Daytime Emmy-winning producer (Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word), an Emmy-nominated actress (Orange Is the New Black), and a world-renown LGBTQ rights advocate.
The #SayYesToLove issue, which boasts a rainbow version of the Cosmopolitan magazine logo, celebrates LGBTQ topics in conjunction with Valentine’s Day.
The cover was revealed Monday on Twitter and Instagram, with Cox’s enthusiastic remarks:
“I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa…Say WHAT? #SayYesToLove.”
The Valentine’s Day issue was released along with a “candid” video interview, in which Cox divulges about her celebrity crush (“Hi Drake, I’m fancy”), and the most romantic act bestowed upon her.
“As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men that I’ve dated,” Cox said. “So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever. Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light.”
In the October 2016 United States issue of Cosmopolitan, Cox appeared in a feature that paid tribute to superstar women like Tina Turner and Beyoncé. At the time, she was promoting Fox TV’s rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show—Cox starred as the notorious Frank-N-Furter character.
With the #SayYesToLove installment, Cosmopolitan South Africa’s editor-in-chief Holly Meadows said the intent was to “disrupt heteronormative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018.
“Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon.”