Actress and activist Laverne Cox will be preserved in her current, glorious form for all eternity, when she becomes the first transgender woman ever to receive the honor of a Madam Tussauds waxwork portrait.
Cox, best known for her Emmy-nominated turn on "Orange Is the New Black," will see her waxwork unveiled later this month at San Francisco's Pride conference. The figure will ultimately live at Madame Tussauds San Francisco location, in Fisherman’s Wharf.
In a statement, Cox said, "When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible."
Being immortalized in wax is a rite of passage signifying the achievement of a certain iconic status in the entertainment world, and the process of having one created is intricate, involving hundreds of measurements and painstaking attention to detail.
When complete, Cox's figure will be in high-class company: She'll be installed at Madame Tussauds alongside the wax likenesses of celebs including Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, and Leonardo DiCaprio.