Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox has been honoured with the Inspiration Award at The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar.

The American actress and LGBT+ advocate, who became the first transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in an acting category in 2015, was presented with her award by British singer Sam Smith at the star-studded event at London’s Roundhouse last Thursday (October 12).

Cox, who has played hard-up prison inmate Sophia Burset for five seasons of Orange is the New Black and has fronted fashion campaigns for Beyoncé, is possibly the most in-demand trans woman in the world and a beacon of light for a community still subject to discrimination and violence.

Read more about the winners from The Virgin Holidays Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar, in our November issue. Buy in printsubscribe or download.