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

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.

Kehlani

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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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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perreo Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny is known to push gender norms and supports the LGBTQ+ community. His music videos are artistic expressions of the world he wants to live in. His latest music video for the song “Yo Perreo Sola” is catching everyone’s attention for several reasons including the trapero singing and dancing in full drag.

Bad Bunny starts his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video in a hot red leather drag outfit.

Like, dayum. The Puerto Rican trap star did not hold back. His look was everything as he gave us some “Oops…I Did It Again” dominatrix vibes. The fans were not prepared for this but it seems that most of them are all for Bad Bunny pushing boundaries even further in Latin trap.

The imagery is literally being celebrated for its strong statement for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bad Bunny was very outspoken about Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman who was murdered in Puerto Rico and misgendered in media reports. The singer was on “The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and used the moment to protest the treatment of Luciano’s legacy. Bad Bunny wore a shirt that read in Spanish, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.”

Bad Bunny fans were ready to defend their fave and his new music video.

To many, Latin trap is still a place where homophobia and misogyny fester in lyrics by some of the top performers. Bad Bunny is one artist that has been fighting against that culture from within. He has bent gender norms in music videos and it has set his career apart from other Latin trap musicians.

And they are all celebrating the anguish of straight men who listen to Bad Bunny and have social hang-ups.

The same homophobia in Latin trap is reflected within the community. Bad Bunny’s unapologetic willingness to take gender and flip it on its head is just one thing fans love about the trapero.

You can watch the full video below.

Bad Bunny never disappoints, does he?

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why

All Of The Latina Beauty Brands To Support During The Coronavirus Crisis

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All Of The Latina Beauty Brands To Support During The Coronavirus Crisis

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There’s no denying that we love beauty. Some of us learned early on to take good care of our skin, and to have fun with our makeup. So it’s not surprising that so many beauty brands are Latinx-owned.

From natural skincare brands to bold and edgy makeup lines, there’s a variety of Latinx-owned beauty brands to support. There’s a mix between indie, under-the-radar brands to celeb-approved ones. So whether you love wearing a bold red lip, or would rather focus on skincare, then there’s a little something for everyone.

1. Reina Rebelde

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Created by Texas native, Regina Merson, Reina Rebelde was made for unapologetic babes. With playful shade names like La Doña and Coqueta, this bold brand speaks to Latinx’s who are not only fearless but fierce AF.

2. Sigma Beauty

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Aside from its dazzling makeup products, Sigma Beauty creates the best beauty tools on the market. All of their tools are genius, too. For example, its Dry’n Shape brush cleaner deep cleans, dries, and reshapes your brushes, while the Titanium brush set is literally indestructible; its made so your brushes will NEVER fall apart. But when you learn about Sigma’s founders, Simone Xavier and Rene Xavier Filho, it’s easy to see why their products are made with a purpose. Brazil natives, Rene has a background in civil engineering and business administration, while Simone has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and a Masters in veterinary science. Talk about a power couple.

3. Lunar Beauty

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Founded by one of the biggest YouTube and Instagram beauty influencers, Manny Gutierrez (aka Manny MUA), this brand is all about celebrating your most authentic self. The San Diego native made sure to create a line that’s not only fun but one that’s inclusive.

4. Gaby Espino

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Venezuelan telenovela star, Gaby Espino, launched a line of super pigmented lipsticks. From bright pinks to sultry purples to deep reds, there’s a little something for everyone. The best part? There’s not one type of lipsticks. There’s a range of mattes, extreme mattes, glosses, creams, velvets, and more.

5. Tata Harper Skincare

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Founded by Colombiana, Tata Harper, this 100% natural skincare line has become a cult-fave among celebs and beauty lovers alike. The brand was created after Tata couldn’t find high-quality, natural products in the beauty market. Thanks to her, that void has now been filled. People don’t have to risk their health in order to get great skincare results.

6. Besame Cosmetics

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Cosmetics historian, artist, and designer, Gabriela Hernandez, created Besame Cosmetics after a life-long love for vintage makeup. Aside from its retro packaging and products (the lipsticks are replicas of shades from the past and the cake mascara is a product stars from the Golden Age of cinema used), Besame will make you feel special and glamorous.

7. Melt Cosmetics

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Latina makeup artist Lora Arellano co-founded Melt Cosmetics with her bestie Dana Bomer. Together, they’ve built a beauty empire with their vibrant eyeshadows, bold lipstick shades, pigmented blushes, and dazzling highlighters. Lora’s background in beauty is just as amazing as the products she helps create. She started working the makeup counter at Nordstrom to doing Rihanna’s makeup on tour to creating a successful makeup empire.

8. Joanna Vargas Skincare

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Similar to Tata Harper, Joanna Vargas’ eponymous skincare brand is dedicated to plant-based ingredients that work. Not only is Joanna one of the most sought-after facialists in Hollywood—celebs flock to her before major events—but her luxury products are worth every penny. The New York-based Latina has been in the skincare business for over a decade, so she knows a thing or two about beauty.

9. KL Polish

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KL Polish was created by one of YouTube’s most popular beauty gurus, Kathleen Fuentes (aka Kathleen Lights). After having successful beauty collaborations with ColourPop and Morphe, the Cubana branched out to launch her own nail polishes. The shades in each collection are bright, bold, and vibrant just like Kathleen herself.

10. Dominique Cosmetics

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Another successful beauty YouTuber, Christen Dominique, launched an eponymous makeup brand called Dominique Cosmetics. From her first coffee-themed palette to her latest lemonade-inspired one, all of her products will make you want to have fun with your looks.

11. Chaos Makeup

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The brand’s founder, Megan Martinez, has created one of the most exciting makeup brands on the market. Their color-changing shadows are truly one-of-a-kind. And once beauty lovers discovered the mesmerizing rainbow highlighter, they pretty much broke the internet. While Martinez’s unique brand is quickly becoming a cult-fave among pros, her story is what really makes us admire her. She went from being homeless at the age of 14 to building a beauty empire.

12. Orlando Pita Play

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Cuban hairstylist Orlando Pita has worked with the biggest stars, including Beyoncé, Anne Hathway, Kate Moss, and Bella and Gigi Hadid. So it’s not surprising that after years of working as a celeb hairstylist that he wouldn’t create his own eponymous hair care line. And luckily for us, we can achieve that same celebrity-approved hair with his line of amazing products.

13. Vive Cosmetics

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Vive is a makeup brand created by Latinxs for Latinxs — and its two founders, Joanna Rosario and Leslie Valdivia, stand by that. With vibrant lipstick shades to choose from, like hot pinks, oranges, and reds, these are the colors you’ll want to wear all summer long. Each lipstick has a cheeky name, too, like Pan Dulce, Luchadora, and Cumbia. There’s even a sultry purple liquid lip inspired by Selena Quintanilla.

14. Loquita Bath and Body

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Known for making novelty products like the always sold out mangoneada, elote, and bidi bidi bath bombs, Mira Perez’s beauty brand is unlike any other. Aside from its playful bath bombs, the brand makes the most heavenly face masks, scrubs, and lip balms.

15. Rizos Curls

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Julissa Prado created Rizos Curls after struggling to find products that worked for her curly hair. She not only perfected her products to work for all curl types, but she set out to make formulas that were made with high-quality ingredients. Now, curly-haired babes can enjoy and celebrate their hair in all its glory.

16. Brujita Skincare

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Founded by Leah Guerrero, Brujita Skincare literally brings the magia to your beauty routine. The holistic beauty brand is enriched with mineral earth powders and clays sourced from the mercados of Mexico. Not only will these products heal your skin naturally, but you’ll feel Mother Nature’s enchanting powers.

17. No B.S. Skincare

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Like the cheeky name suggests, this skincare brand doesn’t mess around. Its skincare is made with effective plant-based, natural ingredients. Basically, they stripped away all of the bullshit. The products don’t have anything on their “shit list” like sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, etc. Even better? They even got rid of b.s. marketing. The brand’s Instagram feed and website are filled with daily affirmations that will make you want to live your best life. For example, they have a postcard that reads: “severely allergic to the b.s.” Agreed.

18. Mia Del Mar

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While Mia Del Mar hasn’t debuted all of its products just yet, this Latinx-owned brand is all about celebrating your roots. And with ingredients that have been passed down through generations, this line will mainly focus on skin care that’s both trendy and traditional.

19. Gabriel Cosmetics

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Gabriel Cosmetics, founded by Gabriel De Santino, has been around since 1992. Inspired by his own personal experience with botanical skincare, the cosmetics line creates some of the best natural products.

20. Alamar Cosmetics

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Gabriella Trujillo went from Boxycharm’s in-house makeup artist to launching her own brand, Alamar Cosmetics. The makeup line is a celebration of the Cubana’s heritage, and its first product, the Reina del Caribe Vol. 1 eyeshadow palette, is proof.