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