Photo Credit: Nicholas Nichols
Those who have marathoned alongside us have grown attached to the actresses who make up this collective—our sassy sorority of misfits. We get a taste of what it feels like to be part of this close-knit clique as we come together on a crisp October morning. Armed with coffee, couture and conversation, four of the ten castmates—Dascha Polanco, Laverne Cox, Vicky Jeudy, and Jessica Pimentel—seem unphased by our early Saturday morning call time as we pile into the Brooklyn-bound SUV. Sandwiched between Laverne, who sits shotgun (“My legs are too long, honey,” she quips before climbing in) and the rest in the rear, a dizzying series of pow wows pop off as our caravan dissects the latest Hollywood gossip. From Miley Cyrus’ VMA twerk heard ‘round the world to Rihanna’s GIF-worthy “Pour It Up” visuals, no stone is left unturned as the OITNB crew continue their witty water cooler convo (which somehow turns into a hilarious exchange about blood types and who could donate to who within their crew.)
By the time we hit the set, we’re joined by Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning and Elizabeth Rodriguez. It feels like a family reunion as the team embraces as if more than just an evening had passed and everyone darts to the racks of designer duds and accessories. A far cry from their usual jumpsuits and minimal set make-up, these women emerge from captivity a set of stunners, primped to perfection and coiffed for close-ups. Photographed together for the first time since their meteoric rise to television elite, Vixen is poised to not only honor this groundbreaking series, but the incomparable women who help shape its staggering success.
Stay tuned as we profile each and every cover gal to give you an insider’s look at life for TV’s most wanted (and beloved) convicts.
Watch what happened behind-the-scenes after the jump!