Laverne Cox joined 14 other trans women on the cover of C☆ndy to celebrate the magazine’s fifth anniversary and the steps these women have taken to raise transgender visibility and awareness.
The cover features Cox, Geena Rocero, Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Isis King, Gisele Alicea, Leyna Ramous, Dina Marie, Nina Poon, Juliana Huxtable, Niki M’nray, Pêche Di, Carmen Xtravaganza, and Yasmine Petty. C☆ndy founder Luis Venegas compared the cover to Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue, reports Style. C☆ndy bills itself as the world’s “first transversal style magazine,” emphasizing sexual and gender diversity.
“As new, exciting, and relevant as it was to see black models on the covers of fashion magazines back in the late ’60s and ’70s, what group of people deserved to be celebrated?” Venegas told Style. “Those are the questions I kept asking myself until suddenly one day the transversal answer came to my mind.”
Venegas started C☆ndy in 2009 and named it after Andy Warhol’s star Candy Darling.
“I’m very happy and deeply grateful that C☆ndy has such a loyal and enthusiastic audience,” Venegas told Style. “I think probably that has happened not just because of the subjects featured in the magazine, but also because it has such a glamorous, celebratory, and joyful tone.”