Hollywood's New Glamourpuss

written by James Rickman / photographed by Harper Smith / styled by Solange Franklin
Laverne wears a dress by Donna Karan from Albright Fashion Library and choker by Uncommon Matters. 

Where you've seen her: 
The Netflix breakout Orange is the New Black and the reality shows TRANSform Me and I Want to Work for Diddy.

Why she made the list: 
She's emerging as a mainstream voice for transgender equality in Hollywood -- witness her "teachable moment" on Katie Couric this past January. 

On her controversial Katie Couric appearance... 
"There are folks who have been demonizing Katie, but we taped that segment in advance, so she chose to leave everything that she left in. I think that was a courageous thing. I'm a huge fan of hers and I continue to be."

On Jodie Foster directing her showcase Orange episode...
"She was adamant that it was more powerful if we felt that the character [Sophia] was on the verge of tears -- that it was more tangible to the audience than actually crying. She was like, 'OK, don't cry, don't cry!' I'm like [voice cracking], 'OK, this is hard!'"

Hair by Dina Calabro at Wilhelmina Artists using Kérastase / Makeup by Natasha Smee at The Wall Group using Nars / Photographer's Assistant: Dean Dodos / Stylist's Assistant: Hailey Rozenberg / Fashion Coordinator: Kelly Govekar / Fashion Interns: Samantha Lewis, Katy Miller, Gabrielle Obusek and Olivia Valdez / shot At the Jane Hotel and Lafayette House.


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