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Laverne Cox dons leggy metallic mini-dress to deliver inspiring speech at WorldPride NYC

Laverne Cox dons leggy metallic mini-dress to deliver inspiring speech at WorldPride NYC

Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox honored activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Candis Cayne during her inspiring speech at the opening of WorldPride NYC in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

The 47-year-old Daytime Emmy winner looked leggy in a single-strapped metallic mini-dress, stilettos, and Danielle Greenblatt jewelry selected by stylist Christina Joy Pacelli.

Hairstylist Bradley Irion coiffed the Alabama-born beauty’s dark-rooted blonde wig into an elegant piecy updo.  

In the spotlight: Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox honored activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Candis Cayne during her inspiring speech at the opening of WorldPride NYC in Brooklyn on Wednesday

In the spotlight: Transgender trailblazer Laverne Cox honored activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Candis Cayne during her inspiring speech at the opening of WorldPride NYC in Brooklyn on Wednesday

And make-up artist Merrell Hollis made sure Laverne (born Roderick) was fully contoured with lashes, smoky eye, and a nude pout.

The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg told the audience to ‘drop a knee for the fabulous Laverne Cox’ as she introduced her onstage Barclays Center.

‘As a proud black transgender woman of color, I stand before you in humble homage to my sisters and mothers that came before me,’ Cox said.

‘But I also stand her for those who cannot. I stand here for those whose lives were cut short due to violence and discrimination. I stand here so the know their lives were deeply valued more than they may have never known. Can we invite their spirit to enter this space tonight?  

Statuesque: The 47-year-old Daytime Emmy winner looked leggy in a single-strapped metallic mini-dress, stilettos, and Danielle Greenblatt jewelry selected by stylist Christina Joy Pacelli

Statuesque: The 47-year-old Daytime Emmy winner looked leggy in a single-strapped metallic mini-dress, stilettos, and Danielle Greenblatt jewelry selected by stylist Christina Joy Pacelli

Glam: Hairstylist Bradley Irion coiffed the Alabama-born beauty's dark- rooted blonde wig into an elegant piecy updo

Glam: Hairstylist Bradley Irion coiffed the Alabama-born beauty’s dark- rooted blonde wig into an elegant piecy updo

Ready for her close-up: Make-up artist Merrell Hollis made sure Laverne (born Roderick) was fully contoured with lashes, smoky eye, and a nude pout

Ready for her close-up: Make-up artist Merrell Hollis made sure Laverne (born Roderick) was fully contoured with lashes, smoky eye, and a nude pout

‘To permeate our beings and to fortify our souls here and beyond, to continue to fight. To continue to win. To continue to love and to enter the very highest calling of our shared humanity. 

‘On this stage tonight, we remember 50 years of struggle and successes. And we say to the world, “We are here. We ain’t going nowhere. And my lord, we are proud!”‘

Aside from the 63-year-old EGOT champ, the You Need to Calm Down video vixen was joined onstage by Pose stars Billy Porter and Angelica Ross.  

LGBTQAI ally: The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg told the audience to 'drop a knee for the fabulous Laverne Cox' as she introduced her onstage Barclays Center

LGBTQAI ally: The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg told the audience to ‘drop a knee for the fabulous Laverne Cox’ as she introduced her onstage Barclays Center

Cox said: 'As a proud black transgender woman of color, I stand before you in humble homage to my sisters and mothers that came before me. But I also stand her for those who cannot'

Cox said: 'As a proud black transgender woman of color, I stand before you in humble homage to my sisters and mothers that came before me. But I also stand her for those who cannot'

Cox said: ‘As a proud black transgender woman of color, I stand before you in humble homage to my sisters and mothers that came before me. But I also stand her for those who cannot’

Laverne added: 'On this stage tonight, we remember 50 years of struggle and successes. And we say to the world, "We are here. We ain't going nowhere. And my lord, we are proud!"'

Laverne added: ‘On this stage tonight, we remember 50 years of struggle and successes. And we say to the world, “We are here. We ain’t going nowhere. And my lord, we are proud!”‘

Group shot: Aside from the 63-year-old EGOT champ, the You Need to Calm Down video vixen was joined onstage by Pose stars Billy Porter (L) and Angelica Ross (R)

Group shot: Aside from the 63-year-old EGOT champ, the You Need to Calm Down video vixen was joined onstage by Pose stars Billy Porter (L) and Angelica Ross (R)

Legendary! Laverne also introduced a performance by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan

She sang along to the 66-year-old funk queen's 1978 hit I'm Every Woman

Legendary! Laverne also introduced a performance by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan (R), and she sang along to the 66-year-old funk queen’s 1978 hit I’m Every Woman

Laverne also introduced a performance by 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan, and she sang along to the 66-year-old funk queen’s 1978 hit I’m Every Woman.

The two-time SAG Award winner’s stage sighting came one day after she announced her amicable split from her boyfriend of two years, Mateo Sound CEO Kyle Draper.

Cox will next reprise her role as former Litchfield Prison hairstylist Sophia Burset in the seventh and final season of Orange Is the New Black, which starts streaming July 26 on Netflix.

'We both want a breakup that honors and respects the quality of our relationship and the love we shared': The two-time SAG Award winner's sighting came a day after she announced her split from her boyfriend of two years, Mateo Sound CEO Kyle Draper (pictured January 26)

‘We both want a breakup that honors and respects the quality of our relationship and the love we shared’: The two-time SAG Award winner’s sighting came a day after she announced her split from her boyfriend of two years, Mateo Sound CEO Kyle Draper (pictured January 26)

Starts streaming July 26! Cox will next reprise her role as former Litchfield Prison hairstylist Sophia Burset in the seventh and final season of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black

Starts streaming July 26! Cox will next reprise her role as former Litchfield Prison hairstylist Sophia Burset in the seventh and final season of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black

 


Daily Mail UK

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