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Laverne Cox fears being called 'a desperate older woman clinging to her youth' with bikini selfies


Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox slipped into a Gucci two-piece swimsuit and philosophized over the true meaning behind bikini selfies in a passage from her private journal that she shared on Monday.

The Daytime Emmy winner admitted that turning the big 5-0 on May 29 was ‘super intense in ways I didn’t anticipate’ and how much she grapples over ‘still being seen as desirable and sexy.’

‘So when I post a bikini selfie a lot is going on,’ Laverne – who boasts 7.8M social media followers – confessed.

'Forever in process, a work in progress': Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox slipped into a Gucci two-piece swimsuit and philosophized over the true meaning behind bikini selfies in a passage from her private journal that she shared on Monday

‘Forever in process, a work in progress’: Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox slipped into a Gucci two-piece swimsuit and philosophized over the true meaning behind bikini selfies in a passage from her private journal that she shared on Monday

‘The selfie is also about me longing to see myself a certain way influenced, unfortunately, by cisnormative, heteronormative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal beauty standards.’

Cox continued: ‘I think my biggest fears around aging and a slower metabolism particularly as a black woman is being rendered invisible, because that’s what patriarchy does to older women particularly when we gain weight or are fat.’

The Alabama-born activist has a phenomenal 5ft11in figure at any age, but she fears that society might perceive her as ‘a desperate older woman doing too much clinging to her youth and relevance.’

Laverne (born Roderick) joked she was ‘keeping my therapists well paid’ over how she’s internalized harmful systems such as agism, misogyny, misogynoir, fat phobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny.

The Daytime Emmy winner admitted that turning the big 5-0 on May 29 was 'super intense in ways I didn't anticipate' and how much she grapples over 'still being seen as desirable and sexy'

'So when I post a bikini selfie a lot is going on. The selfie is also about me longing to see myself a certain way influenced, unfortunately, by cisnormative, heteronormative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal beauty standards'

‘So when I post a bikini selfie a lot is going on’: The Daytime Emmy winner admitted that turning the big 5-0 on May 29 was ‘super intense in ways I didn’t anticipate’ and how much she grapples over ‘still being seen as desirable and sexy’

Laverne confessed: 'I think my biggest fears around aging and a slower metabolism particularly as a black woman is being rendered invisible, because that's what patriarchy does to older women particularly when we gain weight or are fat'

Laverne confessed: ‘I think my biggest fears around aging and a slower metabolism particularly as a black woman is being rendered invisible, because that’s what patriarchy does to older women particularly when we gain weight or are fat’

'I'm keeping my therapists well paid': Cox has a phenomenal 5ft11in figure at any age, but she fears that society might perceive her as 'a desperate older woman doing too much clinging to her youth and relevance'

‘I’m keeping my therapists well paid’: Cox has a phenomenal 5ft11in figure at any age, but she fears that society might perceive her as ‘a desperate older woman doing too much clinging to her youth and relevance’

The Alabama-born activist shared two bikini videos she shot herself on Sunday - one set to Fergie's 2006 hit Fergalicious and the other set to Irene Cara's 1980 hit Fame (pictured)

She's internalized harmful systems such as agism, misogyny, misogynoir, fat phobia, transphobia, and transmisogyny

‘Internalized harmful systems’: The Alabama-born activist shared two bikini videos she shot herself on Sunday – one set to Fergie’s 2006 hit Fergalicious and the other set to Irene Cara’s 1980 hit Fame (pictured)

Cox shared two bikini videos she shot herself on Sunday – one set to Fergie’s 2006 hit Fergalicious and the other set to Irene Cara’s 1980 hit Fame.

The Inventing Anna actress is still in awe over how Mattel created a $45 collectible Barbie with her likeness, which was designed by Carlyle Nuera and dropped May 25.

‘To go from not being allowed to have a Barbie, to seeing all of you play dress up with your unique fashion sense with The Laverne Cox Barbie has been absolutely incredible,’ Laverne wrote on Sunday.

'Thank you to everyone who has celebrated this moment with me!' Laverne is still in awe over how Mattel created a $45 collectible Barbie with her likeness, which was designed by Carlyle Nuera and dropped May 25 (pictured May 26)

‘Thank you to everyone who has celebrated this moment with me!’ Laverne is still in awe over how Mattel created a $45 collectible Barbie with her likeness, which was designed by Carlyle Nuera and dropped May 25 (pictured May 26) 

Cox wrote on Sunday: 'To go from not being allowed to have a Barbie, to seeing all of you play dress up with your unique fashion sense with The Laverne Cox Barbie has been absolutely incredible'

Cox wrote on Sunday: ‘To go from not being allowed to have a Barbie, to seeing all of you play dress up with your unique fashion sense with The Laverne Cox Barbie has been absolutely incredible’

‘Thank you to everyone who has celebrated this moment with me!’

Cox will next play a mystery role in McG’s feature film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s 2005–2007 dystopian fantasy bestseller Uglies, which will eventually stream on Netflix.

The everyone is pretty movie – which wrapped principal photography December in Atlanta – also stars Joey King, Keith Powers, Brianne Tju, and Chase Stokes.

Netflix bound! The Inventing Anna actress will next play a mystery role in McG's feature film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld's 2005–2007 dystopian fantasy bestseller Uglies (film slate pictured November 9)

Netflix bound! The Inventing Anna actress will next play a mystery role in McG’s feature film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s 2005–2007 dystopian fantasy bestseller Uglies (film slate pictured November 9)

'Just wrapped #uglies!' The everyone is pretty movie - which wrapped principal photography December in Atlanta - also stars Joey King, Keith Powers, Brianne Tju, and Chase Stokes

‘Just wrapped #uglies!’ The everyone is pretty movie – which wrapped principal photography December in Atlanta – also stars Joey King, Keith Powers, Brianne Tju, and Chase Stokes



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