Laverne Cox Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 6,000,000
Source of Wealth acting career and modelling
Profession actress, model
Spouse/Partner married
Date of Birth May 29, 1972
Zodiac Gemini
Age 50
Gender Female
Height 180 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American

Laverne Cox is an award-winning American actress and transgender icon. She gained recognition in 2012 when she starred in the famous Netflix show “Orange Is The New Black” as a transgender woman named Sophia Burset. Laverne Cox’s net worth is $6 million.

Early Beginnings

Laverne was born on May 29, 1972, in Mobile, Alabama [1] . She grew up with her grandmother, mother, and twin brother.

Although she transitioned from male to female at a young age, Laverne was often bullied about her feminine attitude. The bullying got so bad that Cox tried to take her own life at 11.

Laverne’s talent was there even as a youngster. She went to the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, where she leaned towards creative writing but changed her mind and chose dancing.

After high school, Laverne expanded her education and went to Indiana Bloomington College. After spending two years there, she moved on to Marymount Manhattan College.

Career

Before starring in the big hit show “Orange Is The New Black,” Laverne appeared in a couple of episodes of “Law and Order” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.”

After the beginning of her career, Cox was approached by VH1 and asked to be in the first season of the reality show “ I Want To Work For Diddy.” Not long after that, VH1 gave Laverne her reality show, “ TRANSform Me,” and became the first transgender black person to have and produce her show.

The Jail Ticket To Fame

Undoubtedly, the most crucial role in Laverne’s life is the role of ex-firefighter and transgender person Sophia Burset in Netflix’s series “Orange Is The New Black.”

By the show's end, Laverne earned many awards and nominations, including multiple Primetime Emmy nominations, daytime Emmy nominations, Gold Derby awards, etc.

Laverne Cox made extraordinary progress in Hollywood by being the first transgender person ever to win a Primetime Emmy award for acting. Additionally, she won two SAGA awards for best ensemble with the cast of “Orange Is The New Black.”

This LGBTQ+ mogul did many “firsts” in her career. She was also the first transgender person to appear in “Time Magazine” and in 2014, she was named “The Woman Of The Year” in “Glamour Magazine.”

Facts About Laverne Cox That You Didn’t Know About

She Was Severely Bullied As A Child

Not only was Laverne bullied [2]by her peers at school, but her teachers also bullied her. Her mother was often called to come to her school to talk about how Laverne needed professional help and to go to therapy immediately.

Cox didn’t know what to say to people when they told her that she needed to act like a boy and not have feminine mannerisms; she says that she was very confused by what other people saw her as instead of how she felt on the inside.

By the time she turned 11, the bullying and people chasing her around to beat her up were so intense that Laverne tried to take her own life by swallowing a whole bottle of pills.

Luckily, young Laverne Cox woke up the next day, visited a doctor, and had just a stomach ache as a side effect.

She Is An Activist And A Philanthropist

It’s incredible how much Laverne Cox, a girl from Mobile, Alabama, has changed the world for the better. Now, she uses her platform to stand up for women’s and trans rights.

She played a huge part when demanding the US Government reunite migrant children with their families and protect trans children in schools.

She Modeled For Beyonce And Kim Kardashian

Beyonce is one of Laverne’s most significant role models, so naturally, when she was asked to model for Queen B’s activewear line Ivy Park,” Laverne didn’t think twice about agreeing.

She also worked side-by-side Kim Kardashian on her new lifetime show, Glam Masters,” where one lucky winner gets to collaborate with Kim Kardashian on her then-new makeup line, “KKW Beauty.”

Conclusion

Laverne Cox is an American actress, model, spokesperson, and activist with a net worth of $6 million. She is widely known for her role in “Orange Is The New Black” as Sophia Burset, the stylish hairdresser.

Laverne also dabbles in fighting for trans and women’s rights, protecting and reuniting migrant children with their families, etc.

References

  1. Laverne Cox (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laverne_Cox  (Accessed: November 1, 2022). 

  2. Laverne Cox: From bullying and transphobia to acceptance and love. (2022) I'm From Driftwood. Available at: https://imfromdriftwood.com/story/laverne-cox-from-bullying-and-transphobia-to-acceptance-and-love/ (Accessed: November 1, 2022).