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By Nate Millado

Star Trek: Discovery has returned with all-new episodes and Season 3 will feature the franchise's first transgender and non-binary characters. Actor Ian Alexander will play Gray, and newcomer Blu del Barrio will take on the role of Adira. But this groundbreaking sci-fi series has always been ahead of its time since its debut in 1966.

Here are six times Star Trek boldly went where no other TV show had gone before.

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Star Trek: The Original Series' Multicultural Crew

Uhura McCoy and Sulu in Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols as Commander Uhura, DeForest Kelley as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, and George Takei as Commander Hikaru Sulu in the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned a utopian future to strive for. So even though Star Trek: The Original Series debuted during a decade of mounting racial tensions, it boasted one of the most multicultural casts on television.

The starship Enterprise crew included lieutenants Uhura (African-American actress Nichelle Nichols) and Sulu (Japanese-American actor George Takei), roles they reprised in the subsequent films. Nichols actually considered leaving after the first season, but a famous Trekkie changed her mind.

Star Trek super fan Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whom she met at a NAACP fundraiser, told Nichols the role was bigger than her: "What you've accomplished, for all of us, will only be real if you stay." And so she did.

The First Interracial Kiss On American TV

Uhura and Kirk kissing

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and William Shatner as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren."

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Just a year after the Supreme Court ruled that interracial marriage was legal, Star Trek aired the barrier-breaking episode "Plato's Stepchildren," in which Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) plants a kiss on his communications officer, Lt. Uhura (Nichols). The legendary lip-lock is considered the first scripted interracial kiss on American television.

First Genderless Character

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Soren (Melinda Culea) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Outcast."

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In 1992, Star Trek: The Next Generation addressed sexual discrimination in the episode "The Outcast." Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) falls in love with Soren (Melinda Culea), a member of an androgynous species that finds gender to be outdated and offensive. When the J'naii discover their affair, they force Soren to undergo "psychotectic" therapy, and Soren loses their attraction to Riker.

Female Firsts

Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek Voyager

Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager.

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Kate Mulgrew navigated uncharted territory when she first stepped onto the bridge of the U.S.S. Voyager as the first female captain of a Star Trek series. Captain Kathryn Janeway also paved the way for Star Trek: Discovery's complex, badass Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)—the franchise's first black female lead.

First Openly Gay Couple

Lieutenant Paul Stamets and Dr Hugh Culber embracing

Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets and Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber in Star Trek: Discovery.

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In 2017, Star Trek: Discovery introduced the first openly gay characters to the franchise. played by out actors Anthony Rapp and Wilson Cruz. After Season 1's fifth episode confirmed that Lt. Stamets (Rapp) and Dr. Culber (Cruz) were indeed gay—and married!—Cruz posted on Instagram: "I may have been moved to tears watching this. #representationmatters." Out actor George Takei—who played Sulu in the Star Trek: The Original Series—also saluted the history-making moment on his social media.

First Non-Binary And Trans Characters

Head shots of actors \u200bBlu del Barrio and Ian Alexander

Blu del Barrio plays Adira and Ian Alexander plays Gray in Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery.

Photo Credit: Phil Sharp (Blu del Barrio); Jake Akita (Ian Alexander).

Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery welcomes non-binary actor Blu del Barrio and transgender actor Ian Alexander to its diverse cast.

Alexander plays Gray, a warm and empathetic transgender man, eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host. Newcomer del Barrio is Adira, a non-binary character who bonds with Stamets (Rapp) and Culber (Cruz). "Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach," co-showrunner and executive producer Michelle Paradise said in a statement.

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Photography by AUGUST.


Even when she's not starring as Commander Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery, actress Sonequa Martin-Green commands our attention. She is cosmically talented, out-of-this-world gorgeous, and admirably down-to-earth, all at once.

These exquisite portraits curated by Watch boldly go where no photographer has ever gone before to show Sonequa at her most captivating. Her ethereal beauty and magnetic charm shine in every shot.

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Emerald pretty

Sonequa Martin-Green stands on a red carpeted staircase ascending from an emerald green themed decor.

Photography by AUGUST.

Between Sonequa Martin-Green's houndstooth frock and studded shoes, we are green with envy.

Ever-so-elegant

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a floral print dress against a maroon toned flower print wallpaper.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green pulls off effortless sophistication.

Gild the lily

Sonequa Martin-Green poses with a lily in a patterned dress.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green's natural beauty needs no embellishment.

In full bloom

Sonequa Martin-Green poses with a rose in a patterned dress.

Photography by AUGUST.

The Star Trek: Discovery star is roses, roses all the way.

Daydreamy

Sonequa Martin-Green looks wistfully into the distance past the camera.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green is gorgeous and glowing.

Lady in pink

Sonequa Martin-Green in pink faux fur jacket.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green makes old school glamour feel ultra-modern.

Blushing beauty

Sonequa Martin-Greenin a hotel room with pink curtains.

Photography by AUGUST.

She is photogenic perfection.

Charmingly chintz

Sonequa Martin-Green reclines a floral print room while wearing an elaborate jade necklace.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green stands out in this sultry shot.

Pretty in pastel

Sonequa Martin-Green in yellow top and tulle skirt.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green defines elegance in this tulle number.

Isn't she lovely?

Sonequa Martin-Green wearing a white dress

Photography by AUGUST.

All eyes on stunning Sonequa.

Outdoor adventures

Sonequa Martin-Green posing in a red brocade jacket while hugging a horse.

Photography by AUGUST.

Whether dressing up or saddling up, Sonequa Martin-Green has style to spare.

Bright light

Sonequa Martin-Greeen sits on an elegant coffee table.

Photography by AUGUST.

No doubt about it. She's absolutely dazzling!

Birds-eye-view

Sonequa Martin-Green poses in a polka dot dress.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green is flying high.

Resort ready

Soequa Martin-Green in bold sunglasses and sundress

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green epitomizes vacation chic in these beachy looks.

Tropical chic

Photography by AUGUST.

Birds of paradise and statement earrings for the win!

Sweet and simple

Sonequa Martin-Green poses in a white top in front of a white wall.

Photography by AUGUST.

Sonequa Martin-Green looks perfectly polished.

Happy homebody

Sonequa Martin-Green reclines on a modern grey settee against a white painted brick wall.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green cozies up.

Living long and prospering

Sonequa Martin-Green relaxes in a sweatshirt while holding large Start Trek coffee mug.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Even Sonequa Martin-Green's coffee mug shows off her Star Trek spirit—bean me up, Scotty!

Completely candid

Sonequa Martin-Green laughs while wearing a bright coral colored top.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green oozes charisma.

Beaming beauty

Sonequa Martin-Green laughs broadly with her hair down.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green's megawatt grin is contagious.

Silky smooth

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a two-tone silk dress as she leans against an old wooden exterior bannister.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green shines on the front steps.

Easy on the eyes

Sonequa Martin-Green stares deeply into the camera with a half smile on her face.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green's look is electric.

Red hot

Sonequa Martin-Green locks eyes with the camera from a seated position on the floor.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin-Green's fierce gaze pairs perfectly with her fiery blouse.

Jump for joy

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a tri-tone silk dress as she is photographed jumping into the air.

Photography by Trunk Archive.

Sonequa Martin Green's smile puts a spring in our step.

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Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

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Portrait of a lady

Emily Wickersham holding a pink rose and wearing a feathered designer gown

Photography by Ian Derry.

Emily Wickersham, we are channeling your glamour and poise.

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Vibrant culture

Sami Gayle of Blue Bloods smiling in purple and orange

Photography by Adrienne Raquel.

Bright lips, bold dress... Can't lose. Sami Gayle pulls it off like none other.

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Gorgeous smile

LL COOL J of NCIS Los Angeles smiling in black on black tuxedo with hat

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

LL COOL J's smile has us swooning.

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California girl

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in animal print gown in garden

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah looks breathtakingly beautiful in sunny Santa Barbara.

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Fast friends

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski in red ball gowns.

Photography by Kristian Schuller.

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski are stunning in Valentine's Day red.

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Fun and games

Eric Christian Olsen of NCIS Los Angeles holding bubble guns

Photography by Adam Secore.

We're locked and loaded for Valentine's Day, thanks to Eric Christian Olsen.

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Lady in red

AJ Cook of Criminal Minds in fitted red dress on balcony

Photography by Christopher Ross.

If Valentine's Day had a red carpet, A.J. Cook would steal the show.

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Free spirit

Matthew Gray Gubler in pajamas jumping on bed

Photography by John P. Filo.

Matthew Gray Gubler's carefree sense of fun is on full display.

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Global glam

Bridget Moynahan sitting on desk holding a globe on her finger.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

The whole world is at Bridget Moynahan's fingertips.

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Girls' weekend

Allison Janney and Anna Faris of Mom laughing in a hotel hallway in Paris

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Allison Janney and Anna Faris are having a blast in Paris. Oui! Oui!

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Humble nature

Thomas Sadoski in jeans on a tractor

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Thomas Sadoski is all rugged good looks and country cool.

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We love Lucy!

Lucy Liu of Elementary in red floppy hat drinking champagne

Photography by Ruven Afanador.

Timeless and classy, Lucy Liu shows us how it is done.

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Creature comforts

Brian Dietzen of NCIS reading and drinking in a library

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Good book and a night cap, Brian Dietzen?

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Give us Moore.

Shemar Moore of SWAT in silk pajamas with open shirt

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore makes us S.W.O.O.N.

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Paint the town red

Pauley Perrette in a red dress sitting on a red sofa.

Photography by Mark Mann.

Pauley Perrette is stunning in scarlet.

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Sign. SEAL. Deliver.

David Boreanaz of SEAL Team in t shirt next to mirror

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Here's looking at you, David Boreanaz!

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Family matters

Cast of Blue Bloods packing up a station wagon

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Happiness is... the whole family together!

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Infectious laughter

Christine Baranski of The Good Fight in red and white dress with red hat and gloves

Photography by Pavel Havlicek.

Christine Baranski's laugh is infectious.

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Hot rod

Adam Rodriguez of Criminal Minds in leather jacket with blue sportscar

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

Adam Rodriguez is hotter than ever!

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Good times

Rose Leslie of The Good Fight in chunky orange sweater and hat

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Rose Leslie brings joy to everything she does!

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Set phasers to stunning

Sonequa Martin Green of Star Trek Discovery in sheer slate beaded dress

Photography by Marie H. Rainville.

Let's be real, we fall for Sonequa Martin-Green every time.

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Everything's coming up roses!

Beth Behrs of The Neighborhood with falling rose petals.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Beth Behrs always makes our hearts skip a beat.

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Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.


Sonequa Martin-Green's beauty shines in these breathtaking photos, captured by celebrity portrait photographer Marie H. Rainville. Watch photographed the stunning Star Trek: Discovery star for our September-October 2017 issue—and these photos are absolutely out of this world!

Check out these gorgeous, high-fashion portraits, plus discover fun facts about Sonequa Martin-Green.

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Matter of time

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a sparkly beige bodysuit and giant chunky lucite bracelets.

Bodysuit by d.bleu.dazzled. Lucite jewelry by Patricia von Musulin.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

As a working mom, Sonequa Martin-Green has learned the absolute necessity of time management. She spends more time on set than ever before and makes sure to spend precious spare moments wisely.

Top priorities

Sonequa Martin-Green smiles while wearing a long strand of pearls and flapper style grey dress.

Dress by Jovani. Earrings by Dylanlex. Necklace by Stephen Dweck. Ring by Patricia von Musulin.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"For me, it's the three F's: faith, family, and fitness." — Sonequa Martin-Green

Mother nature

Sonequa Martin-Green fixes a stare into the camera while wearing a large collar necklace.

Dress by Wolford. Collar necklace and earrings by Erickson Beamon. Ring by Alexis Bittar.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"I think motherhood preps you for every single aspect of life. It's impossible to encapsulate in words how much motherhood prepped me for being a human being." — Sonequa Martin-Green

Southern charm

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a shiny peach gown and a tiara headphone combination.

Gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. Tiara headphones by Lit Headphones by Lisa Campbell.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Sonequa Martin-Green has small town roots, and grew up in quaint and friendly Russellville, Alabama.

No place like home

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a shiny peach gown and a tiara headphone combination.

Gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. Tiara headphones by Lit Headphones by Lisa Campbell.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"It's a small, loving, lively little town. An everybody-knows-everybody kind of town, where the roots are deep and the tea is sweet!" — Sonequa Martin-Green

Modern Shakespeare

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a sequin encrusted dress while standing a starkly blue lit room.

Dress by Jovani.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Fun fact: Sonequa got a degree in theater from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her wildest college role was playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet—as a woman.

Role models

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a sequin encrusted dress while standing a starkly blue lit room.

Dress by Jovani.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"I certainly learned from my mom's work ethic. She's quite a warrior. Our father introduced us to art and fitness. He draws, he paints, and he does martial arts. He made us do crunches and push-ups every night before bed." — Sonequa Martin-Green

Working girl

Sonequa Martin-Green reclines against a mirror ball wearing a sparkling sheer catsuit.

Bodysuit by d.bleu.dazzled. Necklaces by Erickson Beamon. Shoes by Gianvito Rossi.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

After college, Sonequa moved to Queens, New York to pursue acting. She worked as a temp to make ends meet, and loved the job and the perspective on life the experience gave her.

Miss independent

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a shiny peach gown and a tiara headphone combination.

Gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. Tiara headphones by Lit Headphones by Lisa Campbell.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Her first acting break was the role of a prep school lacrosse player in the indie film Toe to Toe, which wound up in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Make believe

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a shiny peach gown and a tiara headphone combination.

Gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. Tiara headphones by Lit Headphones by Lisa Campbell.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

"Playing dead is just like playing alive: It's really just about you believing what you're doing and diving into the story headfirst." — Sonequa Martin-Green

Perfect timing

Sonequa Martin-Green wears dramatic blue gown against a lighter blue background.

Gown by Zac Posen.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Fun fact: A lot of people believe that Sonequa Martin-Green chose Star Trek: Discovery over The Walking Dead. But her [Dead] character's demise was already well under way.

Well rounded

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a sparkly beige bodysuit and giant chunky lucite bracelets.

Bodysuit by d.bleu.dazzled. Lucite jewelry by Patricia von Musulin.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Her Star Trek: Discovery character, Michael, is not just a First Officer, but she's a proud xenoanthropologist—a person who studies alien cultures.

Live long and prosper

Sonequa Martin-Green smiles while wearing a flapper style grey dress.

Dress by Jovani. Earrings by Dylanlex.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Michael is the very first human to have ever attended the Vulcan Learning Center and the Vulcan Science Academy!

Getting up to warp speed

Sonequa Martin-Green wears a sequin encrusted dress while standing a starkly blue lit room.

Dress by Jovani.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Fun fact: Sonequa didn't watch much Star Trek growing up. While Star Trek: The Next Generation was always on the TV at home, she didn't sit down and watch an episode all the way through until she prepped for this part.

Sumptuous soak

Multiple exposure image of Sonequa Martin-Green wearing a shiny peach gown and a tiara headphone combination.

Gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. Tiara headphones by Lit Headphones by Lisa Campbell.

Photography by Marie H. Rainville. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

When Sonequa Martin-Green needs to recharge after a long day, one of her go-to tricks is a good old-fashioned Epson salt bath.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2017.

Styling assistance by Caryn Klingsberg. Hair by Roy Brasley. Makeup and manicures by Ashley Readings.

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