Laverne Cox Is 'So Blessed and Grateful' She Didn't Have Facial Surgery

Laverne Cox Is 'So Blessed and Grateful' She Didn't Have Facial Surgery

Unlike Caitlyn Jenner, the actress couldn't afford reconstruction.

Published July 22, 2015

Laverne Cox has been a crucial mentor for Caitlyn Jenner during her transition, supporting the reality star both publicly and privately. But the actress and transgender activist wants to make it clear that her journey was uniquely different.

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"Years ago I wanted to have the kind of cosmetic facial feminization surgery that Caitlyn [Jenner] has made popular in terms of people’s understanding. But I didn’t have the money to do it. I’m so blessed and grateful that I didn’t because I would look completely different," she tells NYLON. "I’ve had to learn to love and accept all those things about me that make me distinctly trans: my broad shoulders, my big hands and feet, my deep voice.”

She adds that the scrutiny on Jenner's body and features is indicative of larger problems in society. "It’s so deeply ingrained in this culture, though," she says. "When Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover came out, the language that people were using was deeply misogynist — she looked beautiful according to very specific standards, and that’s deeply problematic."

For more of Cox's thoughts on comments about her looks, patriarchy in American society and her brand of activism, click here.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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