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Laverne Cox, one of the stars of hit series Orange is the New Black, made history this week as the first transgendered person to cover Time Magazine. Cox, who chose to make her debut in a navy, bodycon Herve Leger dress, describes the difficulty of growing up different in Mobile, Alabama and when she first realized she might be trans.
I tell this story about third grade. My third grade teacher called my mom and said 'Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress.' Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys. I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl.Go here for the full conversation with Cox and, after the jump, watch her pose for the cover.