This makeup artist uses LGBTQIA+ flags as inspiration for stunning looks.
TikToker @danisface is a body painter and special effects makeup artist. She uses her body as a canvas to create everything from spooky Halloween looks to trippy Y2K makeup. But some of her most popular videos come from her pride flag series. One of @danisface’s specialties is reinterpreting the colorful flags as imaginative makeup to honor the LGBTQIA+ community.
For the transgender flag, she covered half of her face in a swirl of blue, pink and white for a dreamy retro vibe. She went for an otherworldly interpretation of the abrosexual flag by painting her face pink with green and white metallic tears. Meanwhile, her genderqueer flag look was more dramatic, with bold purple, white and green tears.
Pride flags are always evolving, and new ones are constantly being created — right now, there are at least 50 to describe the plethora and diversity of identities to be proud of. The first LGBTQIA+ flag — and most recognizable, featuring red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunlight), green (nature), blue (harmony) and violet (spirit) — was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978.
Baker, who was openly gay and a drag queen, decided to create the flag after meeting Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected U.S. official.
“Our job as gay people was to come out, to be visible, to live in the truth, as I say, to get out of the lie. A flag really fit that mission, because that’s a way of proclaiming your visibility or saying, ‘This is who I am!’” Baker said, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Decades later, flags still remain an essential part of displays and celebrations of pride worldwide.
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