Queer Expectations for Beautycon L.A.

Expect some major talent to come through representing the queer community this year at Beautycon, a two-day festival featuring tutorials, panels, music and more. Beautycon embraces all aspects of beauty inside and out that encourage self-expression by redefining traditional ideals of attractiveness and glamor. Innovators of all backgrounds will come together in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the art of the contour.

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America’s favorite Top Model judge, Jay Manuel, along with actress and trans icon Laverne Cox, will be at Beautycon this year. Cox will be a part of the Fireside Chat portion of the festival. Panel discussions will tackle the uglier side of the fashion and beauty industries, such as anxiety, depression, lack of diversity and self-esteem.

Out gay model Ireland Baldwin will be a part of the panel titled Model Behaviour as well as gender nonconforming makeup artist Patrick Starrr in the Industry Players panel.

One of the main stage panels will include the topic of Gender Revolution and feature some YouTube favorites, like trans beauty icon and YouTube sensation Gigi Gorgeous who came out as a lesbian last year. Gorgeous will grace the Beautycon panel in Los Angeles after hosting the festival in New York. Ingrid Nilsen, who came out in an emotional video to her followers in 2015, will also be a part of the panel. The panel also includes out internet personality Ambers Closet and one of Lady Gaga’s favorite little monster’s Brendan Jordan.

Some other queer folk who will at Beautycon include Shaun Ross, EJ Johnson, and Trevor Moran.

Jaden Smith, who had gained attention for defying gender conformity through fashion, will also be a part of Beautycon LA as a performer.

Beautycon Los Angeles will take place the weekend of August 12-13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

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