SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Madame Tussauds announced Laverne Cox will join Madame Tussauds San Francisco in Fisherman’s Wharf as the first ever transgender figure in the long history of Madame Tussauds to celebrate Pride Month.
Madame Tussauds has a rich history of being on the forefront of the latest news and global activities. Her legacy began as a “traveling newsstand”, a reliable source that visually depicted the relevant news of the day. Now as a museum, Madame Tussauds strives to revitalize these early roots through showcasing the significant and revolutionary figures in our world today.
Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy winning producer, Laverne Cox, is known for her groundbreaking role as the first trans woman of color on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, and her advocacy in the LGBT community.
As a result of her empowering messages, Ms. Cox has the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD, the Courage Award from the Anti-Violence Project, The Community Leader Award from the LGBT Center of New York City, the Reader’s Choice Award from “Out Magazine”, was named one of the Grio’s 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the Top 50 Trans Icons by the Huffington Post, among others. Additionally, Ms. Cox’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of TIME Magazine as well as an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series”.
“I am so deeply honored to have been asked to be part of the Madame Tussauds legacy,” says Ms. Cox. “When I think about being who I am, a black trans woman from a working class background raised in Mobile, Alabama, this honor feels even more improbable and extraordinary. I hope that this will be a source of inspiration for every one who encounters it to believe that their dreams matter and are possible.”
Madame Tussauds is honored to celebrate Ms. Cox’s outstanding achievements and the historic impact she has made through raising awareness and her stance on equality and inclusion within the LGBT community. Ms. Cox’s figure will be released during Pride Weekend at the SF Pride press conference on June 26, 2015. Additional photos available upon request. Sitting video may be accessed on Vimeo with the password mt.
About Madame Tussauds San Francisco
Madame Tussauds San Francisco offers guests the unique opportunity to meet incredible wax likenesses of some of the city’s and world’s most famous stars. Only at Madame Tussauds San Francisco can you get up close and personal with Hollywood A-listers, music superstars, TV personalities, sporting heroes and cultural icons.
Visit www.madametussauds.com/SanFrancisco for more information. The attraction is open at 10a.m. 365 days a year, located in Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133.
About Merlin Entertainments Group – North America
MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 100 attractions, 10 hotels/3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 60 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 20,000+ employees.
Merlin has twenty attractions and one hotel in North America, including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts: LEGOLAND Florida theme park and water park, and LEGOLAND California theme park and water park; SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Hollywood and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, MO; Atlanta, GA; Westchester, NY and Toronto, ON; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte-Concord, NC – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.