Laverne Cox knew exactly what to say to a fan who was feeling “like a toe.”
On Friday, @EmilieMae98 tweeted at the transgender star that the photos Cox posts on to social media — the most recent ones featuring her in a bathing suit and in a glam room — are “too beautiful” and make the tweeter’s confidence plummet.
However, the Orange Is the New Black actress pointed out that she was not trying to make anyone “feel like a toe,” but was trying to “inspire” instead.
Thank you but the point of any post of mine is NOT to make you feel like a toe but to inspire you to believe that you can take the reigns of your life, tap into the divinity that is already inside you and make the most out of what you've been given. You are love! https://t.co/8ec21uPgLH
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) July 20, 2018
Her followers were loving her supportive response and replied with every version of “Yasss queen” under the sun.
Damn, this is so cute, I wish I had a best friend like you 😭😘
— 斯蒂芬妮 (@LaChinita85) July 20, 2018
Beautifully put sister As eloquent and lovely in spirit as ever Fame has only made you shine all the brighter You make me proud(er) to be a fierce trans-woman 😊💃💗
— Dita Parlow (@DitaParlow1) July 20, 2018
She also called on the fan to make the most of what the fan has been given, which is excellent advice. Cox regularly posts stunning photos on her Instagram account, which may have been what the fan was responding to.
So because I love the lighting in my new #glamroom there will be lots of photos and videos from said room. When the lighting is good we must talk advantage of it. #TransIsBeautiful #DiorDriveBy #diorsaddlebag #saddlebag
A post shared by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on Jul 19, 2018 at 8:21pm PDT
It’s not surprising Cox had such strong, kind words for her fan. She has always been supportive of others finding self-confidence and strength.
“I think that a lot of the reason I was bullied is because there was a light that I had as a kid that the other kids saw, and they were afraid of it,” Cox, who grew up in Alabama, told designer Zac Posen (a board member of Yahoo Lifestyle’s parent company, Oath, a division of Verizon) in a episode of Yahoo Lifestyle’s “Loud and Clear” video series.
She had to overcome the many doubts she had about herself, she said, that came from “internalizing a lot of the bullies who said I could never do this or that, and then being really, really hard on myself, and in the process dimming the light that I’ve always had.”
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