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February's Cosmopolitan South Africa magazine features its first transgender cover girl

Laverne Cox became first transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress Laverne Cox has become Cosmopolitan magazine's first transgender cover girl.

The "Orange Is The New Black" star is featured wearing a black swimsuit on Cosmopolitan South Africa's exclusive #SayYesToLove February issue.

The #SayYesToLove issue is part of the magazine's love campaign that "explores the need for increasing visibility with regards to various forms of gender identity and sexuality," according to the magazine. The issue also features 17 LGBT advocates along with Cox.

On Monday, Cosmopolitan SA tweeted a video from Cox's photo shoot.

"All the questions you have ever wondered about @lavernecox we had her answer on set during our #COSMOFebruary shoot From celeb crush to her most treasured possession, listen as she dishes all! #COSMOxLaverne #TransIsBeautiful," the tweet said.

The 45-year-old Cox, an LGBT activist, made the cover shot her profile picture on Twitter following the magazine's release.


"Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light," Cox said in the video. "Let go of fear and live a fun, fearless life. If I can do it, you can do it.”

What else?

"Love is inclusive and does not discriminate. Our generation has been dubbed the 'gender-fluid' generation for a reason. We’re defying the binary and sexual norms that are alienating for so many," fashion editor Cleo Marcopoulos said.

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