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Laverne Cox makes history as first transgender actor to receive Emmy nod

Clare Cullen

Published 14/07/2014 | 11:12

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Actress Laverne Cox attends Justin Timberlake's special performance at Hammerstein Ballroom
Actress Laverne Cox attends Justin Timberlake's special performance at Hammerstein Ballroom
Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling from Orange Is The New Black.
Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling from Orange Is The New Black.

Laverne Cox has made Emmy history as the first transgender person to be nominated for the award.

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Cox has been nominated for the "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series" award, for her role in Netflix hit show 'Orange Is The New Black'.

In the show, based on the prison memoir 'My year in a women's prison', Cox plays transgender inmate Sophia Burset.

Speaking to Time Magazine, Cox discussed what the nomination meant to her.

"For me personally, I am an individual who consumes mainstream culture...And I want to see myself. I want to turn on the television and see people who look like me who have similar experiences that I have. And I think that everybody wants and deserves that...  Just because I’m black and trans does not mean I’m somehow not mainstream and not consuming the same culture everyone else is consuming. For so long we haven’t had that kind of validation of our experiences in mainstream culture, particularly as black trans women — but as trans people in general."

Cox spoke of her surprise at making Emmy history; "Part of me wonders why it's me... It's weird that it's me having the big moment right now. There are people out there who deserve it as much and I'd like to send them a lot of love today."

Netflit original series' scored big at the Emmys this year. Orange Is The New Black earned a total of 12 Emmy nominations, while House of Cards earned 13.

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