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It’s been an epic week for Laverne Cox.

The transgender star of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” made Time’s new list of Most Influential People in the World, and she’s also making headlines for posting nude in the pages of Allure Magazine’s May issue.

She told Allure she was initially reluctant to go naked, but reconsidered when she thought about the message the photo would send.

“I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent,” Cox told the magazine. “Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks.”

“There’s beauty in the things we think are imperfect. That sounds very cliché, but it’s true,” Cox said, and added: “I honestly just want to make myself happy most, and if other people like it, then that’s great. If they don’t, then I’m still happy.”

Cox is currently in production on CBS’ legal drama pilot “Doubt.”

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(Photo Source: Allure Magazine)