For many within the trans and non-binary community, beauty, art, fashion, and creating are integral parts of self-discovery and expression. Some people’s first understanding of their gender is realized through makeup and hair. And for some others, beauty is crucial to survival as it provides an escape from our sometimes undesirable realities. As it exists now, beauty is more than an outlet of self-determination; in the online realm, beauty helps find and build community. These connections have led to unfathomable career opportunities in today’s industry, whether as an associate at Sephora or as a behind-the-scenes glam team in Hollywood. The presence of trans people in the beauty industry steadily grows.
Beauty has reached far beyond escapism and capitalism; countless beauty artists apply their talents towards the greater good, advocating for social justice issues, often with messages painted right on their faces.
Matt Bernstein’s radical looks have informed thousands