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Laverne Cox plays a prison inmate named Sophia on the Netflix series ‘Orange Is The New Black.’

Fun facts about Laverne Cox: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate. Cox is perhaps best known for portraying Sophia Burset in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. She is also known for appearing as a contestant on the first season of VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy, and for producing and co-hosting the VH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me. In April 2014, Cox was honored by GLAAD with its Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work as an advocate for the transgender community. On June 9th, 2014 Laverne Cox became the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME magazine.

2) Cox is best known for her recurring role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black as Sophia Burset, a trans woman sent to prison for credit-card fraud, and is the hairdresser for many of the inmates. She is also known for appearing as a contestant on the first season of VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy, as well as producing and co-hosting the VH1 makeover television series TRANSform Me, which made her the first African-American transgender person to produce and star in her own TV show. Both those shows were nominated for GLAAD media awards for outstanding reality programs, and when Diddy won in 2009, Cox accepted the award at the GLAAD ceremony, giving a speech described by the San Francisco Sentinel as "among the most poignant because [it] reminded us how important it is to tell our stories, all of our stories." She has also acted in a number of TV shows and films, including Law and Order: SVU, Bored to Death, and Musical Chairs.

3) In addition to her work as an entertainer, she speaks and writes about transgender rights and other current affairs in a variety of venues, such as the Huffington Post. Her role in Orange is the New Black provides her a platform to speak on the rights of trans people. In a recent interview, she stated, "Sophia is written, as a multi-dimensional character who the audience can really empathize with—all of the sudden they’re empathizing with a real Trans person. And for Trans folks out there, who need to see representations of people who are like them and of their experiences, that’s when it becomes really important."

All 13 episodes from season two of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ are now available on Netflix.

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