We’re only one month into 2018, but things are already looking bright for Laverne Cox — and for representation in the media in general: The LGBTQ+ activist just made history as the FIRST openly transgender woman to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine!

The Orange Is the New Black actress looks smokin’ hot for Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue in a single-shouldered shiny black bodysuit — and she’s not holding back on the sexy cutouts. Her hair is styled in bombshell waves, and her natural beauty shines through a radiant makeup look, complete with super-glowy skin, luscious lashes, and a nude lipgloss. The phrase #SayYesToLove is scrawled across the cover, along with a quote from the 45-year-old, “The truth will set you free.” The SAG Award winner posted a photo of the mag on her Instagram, gushing “I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa.”

This is not the first major magazine cover for the actress: In 2014, she graced the cover of Time magazine in a stellar skintight dress. Nevertheless, her cover girl status for Cosmopolitan — a magazine that celebrates strong women and everything female — is a *major* step forward in acceptance and redefining what femininity can encompass. Those of us who are stateside might have a bit of trouble snagging this issue at our local drugstore, but you can order a copy via this link.

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