Body image can be a touchy subject for many, but Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Katheryn Winnick, Nicole Behaire, and Sandrine Holt are out to show that every body is a beautiful roadmap of each individual’s journey.
Joining the ranks of Kristen Bell,Nia Long, and Kaley Cuoco, Cox makes history as the first transgender woman to participate in Allure's annual Nudes feature. But the star initially turned the shoot down. "I said no initially, thought about it, and said no again," she told the glossy. "But I'm a black transgender woman. I felt this could be really powerful for the communities that I represent. Black women are not often told that we're beautiful unless we align with certain standards. Trans women certainly are not told we're beautiful. Seeing a black transgender woman embracing and loving everything about herself might be inspiring to some other folks. There's beauty in the things we think are imperfect. "
Behaire and Brewster credited their breakthrough roles (in Sleepy Hollow and the Fast and Furious franchise, respectively) for making exercise an integral part of their life and embracing the way their bodies look. "I'm having more fun posing nude or being in a bikini or doing love scenes than I ever did before because it hit me: This is fleeting, and in a couple of years I won't be able to do this, so just enjoy it," Brewster said.
Holt and Winnick have high nude comfort levels, so posing for the shoot wasn’t a big deal. Holt said, ”I’m French, so I'm quite comfortable being nude.” Winnick even advised others to do the same, saying, "Everybody should do this, in their home, hopefully with their significant other. If you can feel good in your own skin, why hide it?" Our feelings exactly!