Laverne Cox has been all over the place for the last two months, making headlines as the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of TIME and to nab an Emmy nomination for her role in “Orange Is the New Black.” Now, Cox has made her way into the world of music after taking a starring role in chart-topper John Legend’s new music video for his latest single, “You and I (Nobody in the World).”
Like his previous hit song, “All of Me,” “You and I” is a heartfelt love song for Legend’s wife, model Chrissy Teigen, who also appears in the video, that finds the singer crooning about wanting only his wife, despite whatever flaws she thinks she has. And the video mirrors that theme as a host of women from all walks of life look at themselves in mirrors and try to see their own natural beauty.
Although there are many striking and tear-jerking scenes in the video, including one involving a breast cancer patient taking off her bra, one of the most unforgettable moments comes when Cox appears on screen and is, rightfully, showcased as just one of the beautifully flawed women in the video.
And this isn’t Legend’s first time giving representation to the LGBT community in his videos. Back in 2009, Legend featured a lesbian couple cuddling each other during a taxi ride in his “Everybody Knows” video.
We must say that we’re happy to see Legend representing a full scope of women in his video and, in his own way, shining a light on the lives of transgender women. –nicholas robinson