Laverne Cox is most well-known for her performance as Sophia Burset on the acclaimed Netflix series "Orange is the New Black."
In her role, she became the first transgender woman ever nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award in acting.
Cox has been featured on numerous other television shows and films and has appeared on the covers of a variety of magazines.
Laverne Cox was born May 29, 1972, in Mobile, Alabama. She is the identical twin brother, M Lamar, and was raised by her mother and grandmother in her family's AME Zion church.
Cox first made her television debut in 2008. During that year, she appeared on episodes of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Cox gained a lot of attention in 2013 when she began acting as a transgender prisoner and former firefighters Sophia Burset on the Netflix streaming show "Orange is the New Black."
In the film industry, Cox had her first important role in the movie about dance, "Musical Chairs." The following year she was in the crime thriller "36 Saints."
As a model, Cox was featured in a multitude of campaigns and publications. .
In 2014 she was included as a model in V's annual published "Rebels" issue of V and with the front cover for Essence.