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Laverne Cox to receive Madame Tussauds' first transgender wax figure

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Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox was announced to be Madame Tussauds’ first transgender wax figure. Cox’s likeness will be housed in San Francisco’s museum in Fisherman’s Wharf and unveiled to coincide with the timing of the city’s Pride Festival.

“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy,” Cox said in a statement. “When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for everyone who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”

Cox’s figure will be unveiled on June 26 at a press conference ahead of Pride, which begins the following day.

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