Laverne Cox already boasts an impressive resume of roles, from actress to activist to guest America’s Got Talent judge.
But the 45-year-old transgender star just added a ‘dream’ job to that already-amazing list: serving as the face of chart-topper Beyonce’s athleisure brand Ivy Park.
And while this is the first time the actress has taken on the role of workoutwear model, she looks every inch the natural in her debut campaign for the range, putting her toned physique on show in a selection of trendy pieces, from hoodies to crop tops.
Make lemonade: Actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox is the new face of Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection
Sporty spice: The 45-year-old model rocks a series of trendy athleisure looks in her debut campaign for the brand, which also stars Haitian model Ralph Souffrant
Let’s get in formation: Laverne shows off her trim and toned physique in the images, modeling everything from hoodies and corsets to this bodysuit
Grown woman: Laverne has long been a fan of Beyonce, and said of working on the campaign that is was ‘like I’m dreaming’
In one image, Cox is seen posing in nothing but a black Ivy Park hoodie, which has been stylishly cinched in with a black corset, accentuating the brunette bombshell’s waist while leaving her legs on show.
Another image shows her posing provocatively in a split, wearing nothing but a black bodysuit with mesh detailing on the arms.
For the brand’s accompanying video campaign, an instrumental jazz rendition of Formation can be heard playing in the background while the camera jumps between Laverne and her co-campaign stars – Karen McDonald, Beyonce’s choreographer, South Sudanese model Grace Bol and Haitian model Ralph Souffrant.
All of the models happily dance around and pose in the latest line throughout the short video, with each showing off their own unique style of movement.
Laverne was perhaps the most excited of the group, however, and happily took to Instagram to show off her favorite campaign images in a series of posts, while gushing about her joy at getting the chance to work with Beyonce.
‘I feel all tingly getting to finally share this beautiful new campaign with you all,’ she wrote.
‘It’s about being free. Listening and moving without any judgment or limitation.’
In another post Cox showcased the video ad, while explaining that the latest collection is all about ‘celebrating the beauty and strength found in uniqueness’.
Co-stars: Laverne appears in the campaign alongside a host of other boundary-breaking stars, including Sudanese model Grace Bol
Helping hand: Beyonce also cast her choreographer, professional dancer Karen McDonald, who is in her 60s, in the campaign
Show ’em what you got: Haitian model Ralph Souffrant also steps into the spotlight as part of the new models representing Ivy Park
Speaking to People Style Laverne added that the opportunity to work with Beyonce, one of her idols, made her feel like she was ‘dreaming’.
‘To be honest, it doesn’t feel real,’ she admitted.
‘It feels like some weird fantasy that I’ve had since Destiny’s Child. It feels amazing that I get to be a part of this brand that has already inspired me and be working with a woman who has especially been a huge inspiration to me and so many folks around the world.’
It’s no secret that Laverne has long admired the hitmaker, and she proved her superfandom in a series of celebratory Instagram posts shared in honor of Beyonce’s 36th birthday on Monday.
Taking another chance to celebrate her body, the first in a series of three posts shows Laverne lounging around in a hot tub while wearing a black bikini and sunglasses, and Beyonce’s hit Love On Top plays in the background.
Other posts see her in a similar position, showing off her physique while soaking up some sunshine in the heated whirlpool.
‘Beyonce is someone who has pushed herself beyond what even she thought she could do. It’s a sense of becoming a superwoman, and really pushing yourself beyond all measure,’ Laverne told People of her admiration for the singer.
Starstruck! Laverne finally met her role model in February at the Grammy awards
Steamy swim: Laverne posed in a video and photo in a skimpy black bikini while playing Beyoncé’s Love On Top in the background as a happy birthday to the 36-year-old
In a brand statement made via Instagram, Beyonce explained that the campaign is about celebrating ‘everyone’s uniqueness.’
‘True beauty and power are born out of strength of character and defined from the inside out. There is no one standard of beauty,’ the statement said.
And Laverne was more than happy to echo those values telling People: ‘It’s about tapping into your inner hero.’
And a hero the star certainly is.
Because making the cut for one of Beyonce’s projects is no simple feat; the Lemonade singer is known to be very selective with who she surrounds herself with and includes in her music videos, with lucky stars such as tennis champ Serena Williams, model Winnie Harlow, and Creole chef and Civil Rights activist Leah Chase, all making appearances in her most recent visual album.
Unfortunately Laverne didn’t have a chance to meet the music legend in person on set as she was about to have twins Sir and Rumi, but she did get the chance to grab a pic with the star at the Grammy’s in February.
‘But her team is incredible and there is so much love and respect for her vision and what she wants,’ she said.
‘Obviously she approves everything. It’s just wild to have Beyoncé looking at the proofs from your photo shoot!’ she added.