WERQ: Laverne Cox at The Blonds After Party

Posted on February 13, 2014

We has a SERIOUS sad.



“Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox attends the The Blonds After Party at Gilded Lily in New York City.


We don’t care how humble-braggy this sounds, we were all set to go to this party but opted to high-tail it out of New York at the last second last night, just ahead of the storm that has now deposited what looks like a gazillion inches of snow (Imaginary Editor’s note: This is an estimate.) outside the windows of T Lo Manor. We made the right decision, but we wept (Imaginary Editor’s note: This is a slight exaggeration.) when we saw these pictures. Believe it or not, we’re not starfuckers in the least and the most talking we ever do with the celebs at these events is to ask them to look at our phone while we take a picture for twitter. But we GUAR-OWN-TEE we’d have been doing neck rolls and finger snaps at Miss Laverne in this getup. Granted, she would have probably rolled her eyes and flipped her hair at our silly display (and rightly so), but we wouldn’t be able to restrain ourselves from telling her to WERQ THAT SHIT.

And then we would have quietly informed her that her clutch was all wrong.



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  • Yeah that is a clutch belonging to a matron from Scarsdale.

  • Ha! She is definitely WERQing. Seriously though, who thought the clutch was a good idea? Odd.

  • Danielle

    The clutch is turrible but I love her so much I will overlook it.

  • Vickiefantastico

    I’m over ombré hair and the clutch is horrendous, but I don’t really care. She looks fabulous!!!

  • gayle

    She looks fantastic. I love her face in the last picture that expression just says “did you expect anything less?”

  • Diego!

    I’m not sure about the WERQ. That clutch SUCKS! And she has a great body and fabulous hair, but aren’t we always complaining about the slutty look? She looks great and I praise her for that. But this is no WERQ to me. Sorry!

    • VioletFem

      Disagree with the “slutty” moniker. I think she looks hot (and she clearly knows it) not slutty. However, the clutch was definitely a misstep.

      • Diego!

        Had Mariah Carey been wearing this outit, the slutty label would have been all over the pictures. She may look hot, but slutty indeed.

        • Noah

          Except that it’s not Mariah Carey wearing it. Substituting “if this person was wearing it” doesn’t really work, because style is so personal. On Laverne Cox, it fits perfectly and she’s working it. Would it work as well on Mariah? No clue, though I sort of doubt it.

          And fuck the clutch.

          • Mismarker

            Fuck the Clutch is the name of my new fake band.

          • Noah

            That’s some golden Riot-grrrl shit right there.

          • Mismarker

            Surprisingly, our biggest influences are Earth, Wind, and Fire and late 80s Billy Joel.

          • sojourneryouth

            Too bad you didn’t go for “We Didn’t Start the Earth, Wind, and Fire” to make your influences fully known.

          • jilly_d

            ^^fucking win.

          • sojourneryouth

            Is someone downvoting because of the word fuck? Fucking grow up!

          • jilly_d

            This is the second of my posts this week to get a downvote, with no offensive opinions. Only offensive language 🙂 🙂 And as with the other post, I will kindly invite the downvoters to fuck themselves. We are about expressing ourselves here I thought? And your joke was downright fucking hilarious!

          • SierraDelta

            “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

            Fuck, yeah (which is something I almost never say out loud)!

          • jilly_d

            To quote South Park, “America! (fuck yeah!)”

          • SierraDelta

            The BKs will be the ruin of my ladylike vocabulary! Sixteen years of Catholic education go down the drain every time some downvoter’s idiocy makes me quote Voltaire and yell “Fuck, yeah.” You all are going to have to explain to my adult children why I’ve apparently taken to quoting South Park.

          • jilly_d

            It’s a responsibility I’ll take very seriously when the time comes 🙂

          • formerlyAnon

            Oooohhh. Nice one.

          • Constant Reader

            Not The Cars? REO Speedwagon? (Although for all I know, an REO Speedwagon could be horse-drawn or drug-induced…)

          • fursa_saida

            The Pussy Wagon seems important here.

          • Mismarker

            As a child, I thought it was OREO Speedwagon. That was a pleasant thought. Oh, to be fueled by delicious, dunkable cookies!

          • SketchyCat

            T. G. I. Friday’s used to (Still does? I haven’t been to a Friday’s in years.) have a milkshake called the OREO Speedwagon. It basically involved blending a metric shittonne of Oreo cookies into a standard vanilla milkshake. It probably contained a week’s worth of calories and was insanely delicious.

            {Acknowledges that she will never attend a Blonds show after party looking slamming in a skintight gold dress, fishnets, and thigh-high boots. Heads to Google to see if there’s a Friday’s in town…}

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Can you imagine stuffing your face with the chocolate and creamy goodness while “Keep on Lovin’ You” plays on an endless loop? (I can. I was 17 in 1981, and that was our ultimate slow dance song that year. I can honestly remember every detail of every slow dance I had to that song, I love it so).

          • StillGary

            sometimes I have nightmares that Kevin Cronin is chasing me.

          • barbarienne

            Well, you could just take it on the run, baby.

          • schadenfreudelicious

            or Clutch the Fuck…:)

          • sojourneryouth

            I would personally love to Clutch the Fuck, and I’m not even sure what it means.

          • formerlyAnon

            It sounds hopeful, with an edge of desperate, though.

          • YoungSally

            I used to say that when I drove stick on an old VW

          • YoungSally

            I used to say that when I drove stick on an old VW

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            I get to play bass guitar! Me me me, oh, me!! (*leaps up and down*)

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          For me, it helps that I’ve seen Laverne enough to know she’s poised and intelligent. I think she’s in control of the outfit, not the other way around. It’s kinda tacky but that’s perfect for The Blondes.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Well, exactly. It’s not couture, no. We’re not talking about the ghost of Grace Kelly here. But is it perfect for her, AND a Blondes show? Sure is!

        • MilaXX

          but only because Mimi would wear it too sizes too small.

        • Rand Ortega

          Aw, c’mon, Diego!, darling. What’s wrong with a little slutty every once in a while? ; )

        • julnyes

          Ms. Carey never saw a skintight dress she didn’t want three sizes too small … unfair comparison really.

          • Jacob Bowen

            My thoughts EXACTLY. If it were on Ms. Carey she would want it SUPER tight!

        • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

          And it’s worth mentioning that she’s at The Blonds after-party, where “slutty” has no meaning at all.

    • HM3

      I think it looks slutty, and tacky. –but then, any event surrounding The Blondes show demands a costumey risquéness.
      She’s a beautiful lady, but I wouldn’t have advised her to wear this anywhere else, and I, too, agree it’s far from a WERQ.

    • demidaemon

      It’s The Blonds and she’s at a The Blonds gig. In my opinion, she nailed it.

      • fursa_saida

        Right? What, is she supposed to show up in an A-line skirt?

    • I think “always complaining about the slutty look” is going a bit far. It’s all about the context, and a Blonds party is the perfect context for busting out your smallest shiniest dress, highest thigh-high boots and a pair of fishnets. It’s just disappointing that she didn’t choose a really obnoxious sparkly, spiky purse to set it off.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        “Obnoxious” is exactly what was needed here. Great adjective!

    • poorellensmith

      Yeah, I don’t love this either. It looks like she’s taken a page from Heidi’s book with the “short, shiny, tight” thing. It just comes off as try-hard to me. And she’s striking enough that she shouldn’t have to try THAT hard for attention, since she’s obviously going to get it anyway.

  • jw_ny

    oh no..sorry, I think she’s looking rather hoochie, and that hair is really kind of a mess.

    • Sofia Bentivoglio

      agreed. the styling is really hoochie. her body is clearly tight and that dress fits perfectly. but her hair doesn’t suit her and it looks as though it would melt. i would like a stronger lip color.

  • formerlyAnon

    Please, PLEASE, please. Keep the Imaginary Editor on retainer.

    • decormaven

      Also the Imaginary Bartender.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I think that dress needed to be classed up in the styling. Thigh-high boots, fishnets, and long, loose hair are a big NO for me. I’d like to see it with…. actually, you know what? I don’t like the dress either. The whole thing falls somewhere on the Lohan-Spears trajectory.

  • marlie

    The clutch is definitely all sorts of wrong. I don’t really love the rest of the outfit, either. I wish that her dress was just a couple of inches longer. And I LOVE that she’s wearing seasonally appropriate footwear, but these boots aren’t doing it for me. Laverne’s hair is a little too “weavy,” too. But her makeup looks really, really good.

  • @Biting Panda

    This is an instance where venue really comes into play. She’s smokin’ hawt and at the The Blondes, so bringing anything less than the BAM! would have been a tragic disappointment.

    • demidaemon


  • HM3

    The Blonds afterparty. Okay. I’ll allow it.

    • Denise Alden

      My thought exactly. And: she’s really pretty, isn’t she?

  • Jessica Freeman

    I can only excuse the Fishnets since she is at The Blonds after party. There is no excuse for the clutch.

  • KinoEye

    She is one fine lady. Hot as hell in that third picture.

    On a side note, this is something I’ve wanted to say for a while: I think my favorite thing about this blog is how different types of beauty are celebrated. I love the love for women like Laverne, Helen Mirren, Tilda Swinton, Lupita, etc., who don’t fit the mold of what’s typically considered “beautiful” in the insanity of mainstream media. It’s refreshing to find so many others who celebrate the differences instead of seeing them as defects.

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      Yes, I knew I had found the right fashion site when people cooed more over Tilda’s style than Blake Lively’s “style.”

      • demidaemon

        Oh, I was unaware that Blake Lively had style.

        • Jacob Bowen


        • eowyn_of_rohan

          She doesn’t, hence the quotation marks.

          • demidaemon

            I love how we’re all talking about Boobs Legsly and then, BAM, TLo has a post about her.

          • demidaemon


    • Kent Roby

      We Bitter Kittens are an enlightened bunch; Yay us!

  • filmcricket

    Damn. I have to say I didn’t even notice the clutch, she’s looking so fly. Yeah, this is pretty tacky, but consider the venue. Plus, DAT ASS. Still now that my attention’s been drawn to the clutch, it is a needle-scratch for sure. It looks like a knitting-needle bag.

  • Anna

    You WERQ, Laverne! Except give my mom her clutch back, she needs it for church on Sunday.

  • Rand Ortega

    That clutch is OOOOLLLLDDDD Dior. Pleistocene Dior. Wow. It has to be a sentimental choice. Or a lost a bet choice. It just simply DOES NOT GO!
    Other than that, JESUS PALOMINO! That is 1 hot golden potato. 2 snaps, a neckroll & a high kick she’s so fierce!

  • M_E_S

    I had to go back a third time to even notice the clutch because HOT DAMN does she look fabulous. I WANT THOSE BOOTS IMMEDIATELY IN MY CLOSET PLEASE.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    I’m going to print out the third pic and put several copies around my house, car, and office for inspiration/reminders to project Fabulous at all times.

  • RussellH88

    Knowing the venue, I can appreciate the boots.

  • bellafigura1

    Aw, come on, this is terrible. Soo trashy on an otherwise beautiful woman. I find this look — bad clutch and all — depressing.

    • MilaXX

      It’s a Blonde’s show, I think trashy is part of the entrance requirement.

  • Mismarker

    Girl is looking fierce. On a related note, I NEED second season of OITNB in my life right freaking now.

  • …I seriously would love to see her as Storm.

  • MilaXX

    That clutch is a total needle scratch. It’s far too casual to be anywhere near a gold bodycon dress paired with fishnets & thigh high boots.

  • julnyes

    The outfit is venue-appropriate and she looks Hot to DEATH … but I am not a fan of the super long ombre weave and that clutch is 100% wrong.



  • It’s totally venue appropriate and she is awesome.

  • LURVE. Perfect for the occasion, she’s owning it and knows it.

  • Kent Roby

    This supports my comment from when she was featured here a while back that she apparently defaults to fishnets from when she did drag prior to transitioning. I think she looks amazing here, and completely appropriate for the occasion, but I do also want to see her rock some less-showy less-body-hugging outfits from time-to-time just for variety. Heck, now I’m dying to see her in some of the awesome Alice + Olivia looks that were just featured!

    • Good call. The third one down on the Alice & Olivia post would be lovely on her.

    • julnyes

      Or, she just likes fishnets as do many other ladies (and a good number of men)

  • Dan_In_NYC

    The styling here is not working for me at all. I dig the dress, but the rest needs to be swapped out. Those boots look super-chip, the bag isn’t right, and fishnets with that dress are not me favorite. The wig is very wiggy, but the make up’s good. Can’t muster a WERQ on this one just the faintest ‘in’

  • Kent Roby

    “Hi, Laverne; my name is Shirley; come sit with ME!”

  • Shawn EH

    That clutch is grabbing that dress and slapping it because it just doesn’t understand! But sorry you missed a faboo party!

  • Lilithcat

    WERQ? Werqing a street corner maybe.

  • Viviennne

    cheap, cheap, cheap….and the clutch is so wrong

  • Karen Tamarack

    WERQ? She looks like a tranny hooker. That outfit suuuuucks. The only thing worse that that dress is that wig.

    • Trickytrisha

      Gasp! I mean… gasp!

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I’m assuming that you don’t know who Laverne is and not that this is a malicious statement.

      Laverne was born biologically male but mentally female. She underwent surgery to get her body to match her brain; she now lives, works, and completely identifies as a woman. She is – in all respects – “she”. I don’t know if Laverne has ever been a sex worker.

  • Guest

    I don’t know, even without the clutch the dress looks way too tight to me, especially in the seated shot. And the two inch-long dark roots plus the fishnets take this outfit straight to trashy/tacky-land for me.

  • lillyvonschtupp

    She look like Bey out of rehab.

  • nannypoo

    What is the point of the bag? Maybe she found it in the ladies room and brought it out to see if she can find the owner.

  • LaSylphide

    If the dress fit properly (as it is, it fits improperly), and if the styling were better, I’d love the dress. This just looks like Hookers on Parade. Trashier than it needs to be.

  • StillGary

    no. just no. Hey, I know she looks great, but she can do better than the Beyonce/Fergie/Carmen Electra route. Girl needs to blaze her own path. When I look at her I see Tyra Sanchez (who I also love).

    • DonnaL

      So it didn’t occur to you that maybe, just maybe, it’s a tiny bit offensive to say that a trans woman looks like a man in drag?

      • StillGary

        I know that’s not the look she’s going for but tight, shiny, extensions — it feels diamente’ drag — and since we sometimes crtiique biologically-born women as sometimes “looking like drag queens,” no, I’m just calling it as I see it. I’m a fan and I think she’s lovely and a terrific performer. Not saying she should raid Nicole Kidman’s closet — just dress less like a Kardashian,

  • prisma

    Where is TLo manor? I assumed they live in NYC. I live in Alabama, so to me all famous people live in NYC or LosAngeles. It doesn’t occur to me that there are other places.

  • AnotherJulie

    More and more lately I feel old fashioned- and just old. “In my day” this whole look spelled Streetwalker.

  • ashtangajunkie

    If I had her long legs, I’d wear thigh-high boots and fishnets every damn day. This isn’t a look I’d normally applaud, but given the venue and the fact that she looks smoking hot, I’m all in.

  • cocohall

    I read a quote about what she did with her money from OITNB and she said that she paid 6 months rent because “homeless isn’t cute on the red carpet.” Her success is relatively new and she probably doesn’t have the $ or access yet to get all the really great stuff for free/loan. What I’m trying to say is I adore this lady and I bet she is going to just get better and better.

  • This is level-WERQ? Seriously?