Celebration of the LGBTQ community during the month of PRIDE
It’s time to give others a chance to define what’s beautiful. In this PRIDE month series, we're exploring the question "Imagine what life would be like if we were all able to define what beautiful is for ourselves?" In celebration of Pride Month, we’ve teamed up with some of our LGBTQIAP identifying friends and asked them to share their story of beauty all Pride Month long. In case you missed the first installment of this series, click here to start from the beginning.
What is the earliest memory of learning about beauty?
Growing up my mom was my vision of beauty. She always rocked a unique style, soft shimmering hair, and an array of rainbow lipsticks that she wore as a sort of armor. She would get up early in the morning to get ready for work and I would sneak out of bed quietly and find my way to the glowing bathroom light. She would sit me up on the counter and I would watch her intently as she powdered her nose, blushed her cheeks and lined her lips. It always seemed so sacred, this was her ritual. Before she rushed off we would pick the perfect perfume to anoint herself with. A spritz on the wrists for her and a spritz for me, then off to bed I’d go. This is where I learned about my mom and about beauty.
What do you wish to see change in representation and action in the beauty, wellness, and skincare worlds?
I think we are seeing changes slowly turn in these industries but I wish we would start to integrate from a young age that beauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder, it’s in the eyes of the beloved and that you are the beloved. You are your own healer and artist. Your own magic maker and goddess. No one gets to define your beauty but you. I think if children of all genders, races, identities, beliefs, and backgrounds had the foundation of uniqueness and were taught to cultivate beauty, wellness, and skincare as tools instead of measurements of worth, we would see a healthier generation to come.
I think if children of all genders, races, identities, beliefs, and backgrounds had the foundation of uniqueness and were taught to cultivate beauty, wellness, and skincare as tools instead of measurements of worth, we would see a healthier generation to come.
What would you tell your younger self?
You are already enough! Goodness, we all need to hear this daily but as a teenager I struggled with shyness and debilitating comparison. I would use makeup as a tool to hide behind, I wouldn’t leave the house without it. It became my mask. Today I use makeup as an art expression and not as a shield. There is no greater feeling than knowing my beauty resides within and I am worthy without doing a thing to cover up.
What is the best part of having a skincare routine?
My skincare ritual is a time for me to be present with my body. I can live so much in my head that the simple act of daily centering helps me ground into my “temple” awareness and what I need to tend to each day. And it feels amazing! So there’s always that.
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Check back in each week for a new feature all month long. Meet Natty in Part I of the series.