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This Buddhist Monk Doubles as a Celebrity Makeup Artist

Born in Tokyo to parents who were monks, Kodo Nishimura wasn’t interested in Buddhism when he was younger. But his thinking changed. Today, this out and proud gay man is both a monk and a professional makeup artist who has worked with the likes of singer Christina Milian and model Halima Aden. Nishimura uses his religion and his makeup skills to encourage LGBTQ people to feel good about themselves. “I want people to feel that they are equal, they are powerful, they can be who they are and be proud,” he says.

This story is a part of our new PROUD channel, celebrating stories of the LGBTQ+ community.


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