Every year, June is celebrated as the Pride Month for the worldwide festivities held by the LGBTQ+ community and 2020 is no exception. As a beauty brand, we often talk about celebrities and the beauty lessons they teach us. We look up to them as our guiding stars to make ourselves look a little more beautiful, a little more confident. But what is beauty? At a time like this, it becomes even more important to sit back, introspect and find out the true meaning of it. Is it only about looks? About how you present yourself? Or is it also about embracing who you are, what you do and how you do it? Let us take a look at a few celebrities who have embraced the spectrum and are damn proud of it.
Brenda Howard: The Beauty Of Marching Forward
It was long back in 1970 when the world witnessed its first pride march, on Christopher Street, New York, lead by Brenda Howard, a bisexual woman. She would go on working for the cause for the rest of her life, organizing numerous meetings, parades, gatherings so that people could fight for their identity. It is no wonder she was called the ‘Mother Of Pride.’
Laverne Cox: The Beauty Of Colour
She is the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy award, the first one to appear on the cover of TIME. A series regular for the likes of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ or ‘Doubts’, Cox’s Instagram bio says it all: #TransIsBeautiful. We can’t help but agree.
Dutee Chand: The Beauty Of Courage
She is the first Indian to win a gold medal in the 100m race at the World Universiade in Napoli. She is also the first Indian athlete to acknowledge her same-sex relationship. The nation went on to ridicule Dutee Chand instead of celebrating her accomplishments, which only hardened her spirit in turn.
Oscar Wilde: The Beauty Of Non-Denial
He who authored The Importance Of Being Earnest was once put to prison for being who he was. Undoubtedly one of the most quoted authors, Oscar Wilde remained true to his identity till the time of his death at the age of 46.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir: The Beauty Of Political Power
It might be just a regular thing for a country like Iceland where LGBTQ+ rights are taken very seriously. But it does not take away the fact that Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is the first LGBTQ+ Prime Minister of a nation.
Alicia Garza: The Beauty Of Voice Being Heard
Last but not the least, the propagator of one of the most powerful hashtags of our lifetime #BlackLivesMatter, Alicia Garza shines bright when it comes to acknowledging one’s own identity. She gave us not only a hashtag. She gave the world hope, and a new way of fighting for it, digital and absolutely global.
The world is not black and white. It’s grey, it’s purple, it’s a whole lot of colours, and there is no glory in being rigid and refusing to acknowledge the space in between. This Pride Month, let’s be who you are. After all, being yourself is the best and only way to be beautiful.