Caitlyn Jenner may be on the front page of Vanity Fair, but transgenders have now truly arrived with the announcement that Madame Tussauds will unveil its first-ever wax trans personality: Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox.
Cox, 31, said she is "deeply honoured" by the homage. "When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honour feels even more improbable and extraordinary," she told Entertainment Weekly.
Her doppleganger will be unveiled 26 June in the Tussauds museum in — where else? — San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf. The event will coincide with the city's LGBT Pride Festival.
Marie Tussaud, founder of the famous London museum, immortalized key historic figures in wax, starting with Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin and victims of the French Revolution in the late 1700s. With the Cox figure, a spokesman said, "Madame Tussauds strives to revitalise these early roots through showcasing the significant and revolutionary figures in our world today."