Mya Taylor Becomes First Transgender Actress to Win Major Film Award

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The star of the indie film "Tangerine" won Best Supporting Female during the 2016 Spirit Awards.

For the first time in awards show history, a transgender person has won a major film prize. 

Mya Taylor, star of the Indie film Tangerine, won for Best Supporting Female during the 2016 Spirit Awards, EW reports. 

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"I have had a long journey through my 2015, because I had come from almost nothing," Taylor said during her acceptance speech. "And then I go this role and this movie, and my life did a total 360."

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In Tangerine, Taylor plays Alexandra, a sex worker in the critically-acclaimed indie, which was shot on an iPhone.

Fellow transgender actress Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black fame, congratulated Mya via Instagram on her historic and monumental win.

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