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Famed Transgender actress Laverne Cox joins “Sleepy Hollow” star Nicole Beharie for a nude pictorial in ALLURE. See a preview inside…

Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox, who also hold the distinction of being the first Trans Woman on the cover of TIME, posed nude for the May 2015 issue of ALLURE alongside Furious 7 actress Jordana Brewster, Sandrine Holt, Katheryn Winnick and Sleepy Hollow star Nicole Beharie. Disrobing for the camera was not easy for Laverne, but she realized the cultural impact her participation would provide.

“I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again. But I’m a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we’re beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we’re beautiful. “

She adds,

‘Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about her body might be inspiring for some folks. There’s a beauty in the things we think are imperfect. It sounds very cliché, but it’s true.’

The photos were taken by Norman Jean Roy, who also focused her lens on Nicole Beharie. When asked why she chose to get naked, Nicole said she wanted to ‘celebrate and accept my body in an artistic way.’

How does Nicole stay in shape? She said, “I run; I do a lot of dance classes; I swim; I really love lifting weights. I’ll make myself do something every day, even when my heart’s not in it.”

And as you can see on the pic above, Nicole was asked about her favorite body part and she said “I have a good bum.”

Photos via Allure/Norman Jean Roy

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