06/12/2014 12:48 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2014

Laverne Cox: 'Loving Women Is Revolutionary'

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Laverne Cox thinks it's about time society respected and celebrated all women.

In a June 9 interview with Elle magazine, the "Orange Is The New Black" star explained the cultural shift she wants to see, away from gender inequality:

I think about #YesAllWomen and the culture of misogyny that I believe we exist in that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge. I’ve said loving transgender people is revolutionary, but I think loving women — really loving women, is revolutionary too, in a social context that is deeply misogynistic, deeply does not celebrate women. So it’s really great to have a show that creates spaces that really do celebrate women and our diversity, and not just one kind of woman. That’s revolutionary.

According to Cox, "OITNB" depicts womanhood in a three-dimensional way, acknowledging the full range of emotions and character traits that real women have. “Everyone is a complicated human being, and everyone is strong and weak and funny and scared," she said, "and we get to have the full range of emotion experienced with these women [on 'Orange Is The New Black']."

Cox also praised the diversity of the cast and the women's stories the show tells that might not get told otherwise.

"It’s just a joy to be on a show with such amazingly talented women who look a variety of different ways, from different backgrounds and races and body types and age," she told Elle's Sally Holmes. "It’s just such a testament to the fact that there is such amazing female talent out there that is just not getting their due."

Head over to Elle to read the full interview.



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