Laverne Cox is a woman of many firsts, creating new precedents for trans women everywhere. She was the first trans woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and the first to be featured on the cover of Time. She is paving the way for trans women and women of color and does so with her powerfully inclusive and thoughtful presence. It seems, these days, her inclusivity is not limited to people, though, as she has not only switched to a vegan diet, but she has also partnered with nail beauty brand ORLY to create an exclusive, vegan nail polish line.
ORLY x Laverne Cox is a limited edition nail polish that is completely vegan and cruelty-free. The title of the collection is simple, yet oh-so important: Celebrate Yourself.
Cox spoke passionately to InStyle about beauty and how much it means to her as a trans woman. “I started #TransIsBeautiful on social media to empower trans people to embrace the things that make them beautifully trans.” She continued, “For me, it’s my deep voice and big hands. It’s an ongoing process. Getting my nails done is part of practicing self-love.”
She adds that a well-painted set of nails is one of the easiest ways to feel beautiful, powerful, and, most importantly, happy. “You have to look in the mirror to see your hair and makeup. With nails you can look down and see sparkles. That makes me happy.”
The pack comes with colors like Shine, Party in the Hills, Halo, Million Dollar Views, Mirror Ball, and Androgynie. It is currently on sale for $41 and comes with extras aside from the polishes.
There are, of course, plenty of other vegan nail polish brands that can give you all the variety and glam, without any animal parts and/or animal testing. There’s Madame Glam, AILA, ella+milla, Habit, and Priti NYC, to name only a few. There are TONS more.
Laverne is proof that you don’t have to participate in the harm of animals in order to be a gorgeous superstar. Many things go out of style in beauty and fashion, but kindness, inclusivity, and compassion, will never go out of style.