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Caitlyn Jenner hails Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox as an ‘inspiration'

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Published 18/06/2015 | 09:18

Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner
Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner has dubbed Laverne Cox fierce and fabulous.

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The two women are role models in the transgender community, with Laverne becoming an icon after being cast in Orange is the New Black. Both in the show and in real life she is a trans woman.

Caitlyn has also become a voice on the subject, recently undergoing surgery to become a woman, and leaving behind her former life as Bruce Jenner.

“@LaverneCox, you are fierce and fabulous! Your support means the world. Thank you for all that you do for the community. #TransIsBeautiful (sic),” Caitlyn posted on her Twitter.

Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover story
Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover story

Laverne has openly lent her support to Caitlyn over the last few weeks.

After months of speculation, Caitlyn admitted that she was transitioning to become a woman in an explosive interview with Diane Sawyer in April.

Caitlyn Jenner in a teaser for her new E! docuseries
Caitlyn Jenner in a teaser for her new E! docuseries

Then earlier this month Caitlyn revealed her new look, and name, on the front of Vanity Fair magazine.

"I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally,” Laverne said after the magazine was released.

Actress Laverne Cox arrives for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Actress Laverne Cox arrives for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Laverne Cox attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Actress Laverne Cox attends Logo TV's "Trailblazers" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Logo TV)
Actress Laverne Cox attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Variety)

Soon after her Vanity Fair cover hot shelves, Caitlyn joined Twitter. Her first tweets told of her joy and finally being able to be herself.

“I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me (sic),” she posted.

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