May 29, 1972 (50)
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, and LGBTQ+ advocate. She first rose to prominence as a cast member on the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black,” where she played the role of Sophia Burset, a transgender woman in prison. Cox’s powerful performance and her advocacy for the transgender community has earned her widespread recognition and numerous accolades. In 2014, she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in an acting category. Beyond her work on screen, Cox is also known for her activism and advocacy for the transgender community, using her platform to raise awareness about issues such as trans rights, HIV/AIDS, and police brutality.