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Laverne Cox Spills On Self-Acceptance, Finding Love & Battling The Patriarchy (BUST Exclusive)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18:  Actress Laverne Cox arrives at The Feminist Majority Foundation's 10th Annual Global Women's Ri
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: Actress Laverne Cox arrives at The Feminist Majority Foundation's 10th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards, with Urban decay Honoering Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Pacific Design Center on May 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

I’ve interviewed A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C., I’m convinced that this actress, advocate, artist, thinker, producer, college speaker, “bell hooks-a-phile,” karaoke-slayer (more about that later) and trained dancer ought to add “intellectual badass” to her business card. Because while I entered our meeting as a starstruck fangirl, I left feeling like I’d been taken to church, school, and possibly intersectional feminist heaven. Quite plainly, the woman is a fucking whirlwind of smarts, beauty, and guts.

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