Check Out These LGBTQ+ People Turning The Beauty Guru World Upside Down

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The LGBTQ community is setting a new bar of strength, unity, and absolute fabulosity. Double tapping the gender-bending, mesmerizingly precise and stunning work of LGBTQ beauty boys, trans models, and pioneers in the industry is an act of defiance against toxic beauty standards and the patriarchy.

Our community is breaking through barriers that have kept us in the shadows. Behold, the beauty gurus of 2019 that will bring you uninterrupted beautiful queer inspo all year long.

Manny MUA

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Manny MUA is the most famous Latino LGBTQ beauty guru, with over 4 million YouTube subscribers and 4 million followers on Instagram. MUA grew up in a Mormon family and was sent to conversion therapy as a teenager. His family let him stop after he became clinically depressed.

Follow @mannymua733 for looks like this:

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At first, he wanted to become a plastic surgeon but is transforming faces without scalpels left and right. In December 2017, he posted a video opening up about his diagnosis with vitiligo, a condition that looks like patches of skin losing their pigmentation.

Carmen Carrera

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We first met Carmen Carrera on RuPaul’s Drag Race before she transitioned. She’s been admired since day one for her natural beauty and is a transgender activist first and foremost. She even called out RuPaul himself for his transphobic segments on the show, since removed after her public protests.

Follow @carmen_carrera to see her supermodel stardom.

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Today, she is a proud Latina trans activist, and has graced magazine covers, walked runways and become an ambassador to elite gym Equinox. Fans have petitioned Victoria’s Secret to invite Carrera to walk the runway, but the company continues to ignore and exclude trans people from their shows.

Gabriel Zamora

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Born and raised in Houston, Zamora’s parents moved from Mexico to Texas to give their kids a better life. English wasn’t really permitted in the house. He told VivaLa about how his bond with his parents has helped him become who he is today: “I know I’m one of the luckiest people in this world to have the mother that I have because I knew many people who didn’t have accepting parents. My mother loves me unconditionally. There are no ifs, ands, or buts — she loves me.”

Follow @gabrielzamora for unabashed self-love.

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“You just have to be yourself, and you have to embrace yourself and find out why you’re different and enjoy that. I think that’s what makes me me because I am Latino, I am a gay male, and I wear makeup. I embrace all those three things and I think my social media family loves that I do. Not because I am that, but because I, myself, embody that and they can hopefully see something in me that they can see in themselves — and they can hopefully like it,” he told VivaLA.

Glam Boy Jay

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Based in Los Angeles, this is as natural as you’ll ever see Glam Boy Jay get on his feed. After scrolling through his feed and being in awe, you will quickly be reminded on his YouTube channel that he is just a nervous, relatable teenage boy like anyone else.

Follow @glamboyjay and try to not be totally entranced by his realness & beauty.

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While his makeup is forever flawless, edgy, y a veces in stunning drag, you need to follow him for his acrylics game. Dale.

Alex Faction

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Known as Alex Rivera by his mother, Alex isn’t going to show you how to look anything but flawless. He graduated from beauty school, unlike all our mothers, and has since delved into optical illusion theatrical makeup.

Follow @alexfaction for pro makeup artist effects.

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Know how we all love J.Lo’s Halloween makeup looks? That’s Alex’s work. Follow his YouTube channel if you’re looking for that dead mariachi or terrifying calavera look.


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Yes, Kehlani is best known for her beats, but don’t tell me you don’t scroll through her feed and drool. She is the pansexual beauty icon we need in our lives. Whether her aesthetic is black and white or giant sunflowers everywhere, she’s inspiring us all.

As if you don’t follow @kehlani already.

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Follow her for that I-should-just-do-whatever-the-f-I-want mood we’re all seeking in 2019. This is your year. Kehlani can help with that.

Patricia Yurena

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Yurena is obviously gorgeous, which might have contributed to her crowning as Miss Spain and Miss World in 2008… and then again as Miss Universe Spain and Miss Universe in 2013. She came out as a lesbian the year after her last crowning, in 2014.

Follow @patriciayurena for femme beauty queen vibes.

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Patricia should be commended for her courage to come out in an industry that so explicitly values beauty for the consumption of men. Her femme vibes are for female consumption.

The Cruelty Free Vanity

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Mexicana beauty blogger, Eli, isn’t going to show you the most dramatic makeup art you’ll ever see, but everything she touches is plant-based and not tested on animals. If you’re interested in natural makeup, but can’t afford to drop the dough on everything you see, the CFV will give you an honest taste.

Follow @thecrueltyfreevanity for natural beauty tips that don’t break the bank.

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Follow @thecrueltyfreevanity if you’re looking to actually apply a few low-key beauty tips in your life. You can forever opt for a natural look and forever need to double tap Manny Mua’s maravilla posts.

Patricia Velasquez

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Patricia Velasquez rose to international stardom as a young woman. She became the first of many titles, including the first indigenous supermodel, the first Latina supermodel and so much more.

After decades in the closet, she came out in a memoir, Straight Walk, in 2014 as an out and proud lesbian.

Follow @TayaBeauty to support her new brand.

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Since then, she’s launched her very own brand that uses rainforest botanicals, no GMOs, no animal testing and no harsh chemicals. Did anyone try these yet? We’re curious.

Karamo Brown

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In the last year alone, Karamo Brown has skyrocketed to fame with Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye. As the culture expert, you wouldn’t expect him listed as a beauty guru, but who says you can’t be both?

Follow @karamo to see this full package in action.

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The truth is that Brown is the guru of many things. He started out as a model, became a social worker, and then jumped back into the entertainment industry. On Queer Eye and in life, he’s completely open about wearing makeup on the daily and guess what? Men wearing makeup no longer has to be a “statement.” It just is, and for all these people listed, we’re grateful.

READ: 22 LGBTQ+ Latinos Who Are Changing The World

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Netflix Is Nailing Their Take On The Colombian Telenovela 'La Reina Del Flow'


Netflix Is Nailing Their Take On The Colombian Telenovela ‘La Reina Del Flow’


Netflix recently purchased and streamed a Colombian telenovela, The Queen of Flow (or La Reina del Flow) and we’re all screaming. It has all the parts of the telenovelas we were raised to love with Netflix-level production. The novela premiered at No. 1 on Colombia’s Caracol Channel back in June and resonated with viewers who could relate to the everyday violence de Medellín and the salvation that music can offer.

If you’re a Spanglish speaker, you’ll appreciate the English subtitles to get the full impact of the drama. Carolina Ramírez stars as Yeimy Montoya, an undercover DEA agent back for revenge on the man who first put her in prison 17 years ago.

No, this is a telenovela. Here are all the ways that prove it.

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There’s vengeance, murderers, secret identity, and it’s Colombia, not Columbia, FYI.

The love triangle begins very young.

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Every novela has a love triangle. Left to right, we see a young Charly Flow persuading Yeimy to join Juancho and Charly’s band, Soul and Bass. Yeimy is in love with Charly, whose heart will never know love. Meanwhile, Juancho is falling for Yeimy, but the two just call each other pezecito and are mejor amigos.

There’s a tío everyone fears, and this one’s a drug lord.

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Here, Charly is sitting with his mother and his uncle Manín. We later find out that Manín killed his own brother (Charly’s father) to be closer to Charly’s mom. The two end up marrying years later and when she wants to divorce him, he kidnaps her.

Yeimy’s parents are murdered.

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They were tired of paying off Manín for “protection” and were murdered by his men. Young Yeimy doesn’t know any of this, or Manín’s evil plan to buy off their house. So he plans to have her murdered.

Yeimy grows up to be a super goddess.

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When we flash forward to the future, Yeimy is a total bombshell. Te juro that you’ll have dreams she’s trying to sabotage your life and you’ll like it.

Charly plants Yeimy with cocaine to prevent Manín from killing her.

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This is all after he pretends to love her back after she witnesses him on a dirty job for Manín and Charly wants her to keep quiet about it. They’re all on their way to New York to sell their music and Charly steals all her lyrics and goes off on his own.

Yeimy spends 17 years in jail planning her revenge on Charly Flow and comes back undercover as Tammy Andrade.

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Every telenovela has a vengeful woman you either love or hate (i.e. Teresa and Rubí). Trust, that you’ll fall in love with Carolina Ramírez (Yeimy Montoya).

When Charly and Manín find out she’s being released early, they organize an attempted murder that didn’t pan out. The DEA let everyone believe she died and put her back in Medellín undercover as a music producer named Tammy.

You’ll really hate Charly Flow.

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There’s always a nemesis. This story line will leave you cheering for the impending fight.

The show is addicting AF.


Like every telenovela, it will ruin your life. There are 82 episodes of La Reina del Flow. Strategize or don’t, but make sure your fridge is stocked when you start.

There are dudes with stupid high expectations of women.

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So Yeimy has had sex with a man once in her life, and it was with the guy that planned her demise.

Charly and ‘Erik’ have no idea they’re father and son.

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Grown baby boy Charly Flow (right) thinks that Erik is his adopted brother, even though he’s the spitting image of his younger self. I mean, young Charly and Erik are played by the same actor.

When Yeimy finds out her son didn’t die in a fake fire and is actually Erik, we get a montage.

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Whenever a big secret is revealed in any telenovela, we get a cheesy montage.

Then Yeimy can’t tell Erik because he only knows her as Tammy Andrade.

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That’s an awkward thing to tell your son. “Hey, so, I’m your mother, Yeimy Montoya. But I’ve had a fake identity the whole time I’ve known you to get revenge on your comemierda of a father. Let’s have a relationship now.”

Por supuesto, there’s a shocking kill-off of a character.

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Charly is behind it all. He tried to scare someone, when things went wrong and she was killed in the process.

He then tries to frame Yeimy.

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Though, he doesn’t know that Tammy is Yeimy, so he really has a very toxic pattern of behavior and I truly hope he dies in an alligator pit.

It’s not a telenovela unless your mami is obsessed.

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Call your mami right now and binge watch this together. I told my mom three days ago and she’s twenty episodes in. My calculations are correct. This is a telenovela fuerte.

There are dramatic self-confessions tapes circulating everywhere.

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Yeimy tells her life story and how Charly has framed her and it’s released on social media in crumbs while she hides out so Charly doesn’t kill her. This woman couldn’t be ugly if she tried.

Another love triangle develops…

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Juancho wrote letters to Yeimy for years and years while she was in jail and never stopped thinking of her and defending her. When he found out she died, he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Cata.

Cata loves Juancho, Juancho loves Yeimy, Yeimy….loves Juancho?!

Te lo juro that your life is about to change as you know it.

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This is it. This is the most important element of a telenovela. Someone tells you how juicy it is. Grab the baton and run with it, mija.

Because Netflix has announced there will be a Part 2!

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We’ve got another 82 episodes to look forward to, paseros. En el nombre del Dios, I bless you with the gift of this novela, now streaming on your favorite app.

READ: 21 Things That Would Happen If Stranger Things Was A Telenovela

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