Top two images: Lacey Terrell for Covergirl; Last image from James Charles Instagram
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My god, I never thought I would see the day, but it's finally happened y'all--we have a male as an official representative for a major cosmetics campaign! #blessup Behold, CoverGirl has decided to join the 21st century and recognized that men, too, wear makeup. (Ever heard of a show called RuPaul's Drag Race? It just won an Emmy, NBD.) Regardless of whether this is some sort of cheap marketing ploy to feign inclusion or they truly intend on paving the way for cosmetics-obsessed men all over the world, I'm very impressed that a makeup line, specifically one as mainstream as CoverGirl, elected to include a male in their advertising.
Seventeen-year-old Instaglammer™ and now-CoverBoy James Charles went viral earlier this year for his fierce senior yearbook photo shoot. For those of you who somehow managed to not see his visage plastered all over Facebook, he flawlessly executed the glorious glazed donut look every basic white girl (myself included) strives for but can rarely achieve. His photos range from everyday makeup looks to more extravagant techniques utilizing elements such as glitter and face paint. For those of us with shaky anxiety hands and a sheer inability to blend, Charles' Instagram is a dream to behold.
I, for one, am a huge fan of men repping cosmetics campaigns; I'm holding out hope that this move not only paves the way for other male models but also representation of other groups such as people of color and those in the trans and queer communities. Like my therapist says, baby steps.
'Til next time, kittens!