Laverne Cox Shares Early Transition Pic, Proves Her Look Is Very Much Beyoncé-Inspired

October 12, 2017  |  

It’s Thursday, so you know what that means. It’s Throwback Thursday time!

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Sharing an interesting throwback picture today is actress Laverne Cox. The 45-year-old posted a side by side of herself from the early days of her transition, two years in to be specific, next to an image of herself in the present day. She pointed out that the look she was going for at that time was inspired by Beyoncé’s style from her days in Destiny’s Child:

In case you forgot about this hairstyle:

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The star’s collaboration with Beyoncé for Ivy Park brings things full circle now doesn’t it?

But as far as the deeper message behind the post, Cox has spoken in the past about the lengths she would go to feel comfortable in her skin when she was going through her transition. After sharing a picture last year of herself, one similar to the image above on the left, the actress was honest about how people misgendering her and saying she still looked like a man wore her down. She has grown from that time and is practicing a lot more self-care and self-love nowadays:

I am gagging that I am sharing this vintage Laverne Cox photo for #tbt. This is yours truly circa WAY back in the day. Yes, I went up to Harlem to get my braids "did" at one of those genius African hair braiding spots. I was trying to serve up early @beyonce Destiny's Child t's. I was wearing a dress I got at the Salvation Army and I was super psyched to be wearing that Diorific lip gloss in black that I really couldn't afford but bought anyway with tips from my restaurant job. This was just 2 years into my transition. I look at this photo and see a super cute young woman feeling it. But underneath a lot of overcompensating I didn't feel cute. I felt the opposite of cute. People misgendering me, calling me a man and saying I looked like a man got to me and made me feel so insecure. It kept me from seeing myself clearly and loving what I saw. I look back on this young woman and want to give her the love I didn't know how to back then. It's not too late. #TransIsBeautiful

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“I am gagging that I am sharing this vintage Laverne Cox photo for #tbt. This is yours truly circa WAY back in the day,” Cox wrote. “Yes, I went up to Harlem to get my braids ‘did’ at one of those genius African hair braiding spots. I was trying to serve up early @beyonce Destiny’s Child t’s [sic]. I was wearing a dress I got at the Salvation Army and I was super psyched to be wearing that Diorific lip gloss in black that I really couldn’t afford but bought anyway with tips from my restaurant job. This was just 2 years into my transition. I look at this photo and see a super cute young woman feeling it. But underneath a lot of overcompensating I didn’t feel cute. I felt the opposite of cute. People misgendering me, calling me a man and saying I looked like a man got to me and made me feel so insecure. It kept me from seeing myself clearly and loving what I saw. I look back on this young woman and want to give her the love I didn’t know how to back then. It’s not too late. #TransIsBeautiful”

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