Forum From the Archives: Celebrating Beauty Beyond the Gender Binary

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A photo of Kenneth Senegal with a full face of makeup in front of a rainbow fan that reads "Equality"
Kenneth Senegal is a beauty entertainment influencer. (Photo: Kenneth Senegal)

From celebrities like Harry Styles and the members of boy band BTS to social media beauty influencers like Patrick Starrr and Kenneth Senegal, more and more men and nonbinary folk are publicly embracing makeup in their daily lives. And as author and journalist David Yi argues in their new book, the male beauty influencers of today have ancient cultural precedents. “Pretty Boys” traces male beauty figures throughout history, from Ramses the Great to ‘80s glam rockers to drag culture newly entering the mainstream. We’ll hear about how beauty influencers, both past and present, have explored gender through makeup.

 

This segment originally aired June 11. 

Guests:

David Yi, author, “Pretty Boys: Legendary Icons Who Redefined Beauty (and How to Glow Up, Too)”; founder and CEO, Very Good Light

Kenneth Senegal, beauty entertainment influencer

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