Celebrity Hairstylist & Founder of Utiles Beauty
Miranda Kerr: How has being connected to the LGBQT + community influenced your art and business?
Josh Liu: “LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC representation in the content we are creating, and in the leadership are of the utmost importance. I founded Útiles Beauty with my two business partners Ted Nugyen and Alyssa Regulski who are both part of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s at the core of our mission to create products that work for all from straight, wavy, curly, kinky, coily and thin, medium, coarse hair types. With that in mind, we always have a colorful BIPOC + LGBTQIA+ cast in our campaigns and aim to continue growing our business with the same principles in mind. We love to uplift and amplify other BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ businesses by incorporating their brands into our social content. We know firsthand representation matters and know our approach is authentic, meaningful and inclusive.”
Social Media Influencer, Stylist & Founder
Miranda Kerr: What separates Lokal Lane from other clothing companies and what makes you proud to be a part of the LGBQT+ community?
Paris Jacobson: “We make minimal waste clothing and also use all compostable packaging. We have an environmentally conscious manufacturing and make items to last. We are a slow fashion business and do not believe in adding to fast fashion waste. I am so proud to be a part of the LGBQT+ community as we all have our own journeys to self-acceptance and it is such a supportive community with the most amazing and strong people.
Interior and Event Stylists & Style Director at Belle Magazine
Miranda Kerr: What do you admire most within the LGBQT+ community?
Steve Cordnoy: “Anyone who has dealt with adversity, discrimination or challenges just for being who they are, and not only dealt with trauma, but also stood up and fought to make it easier for the next generation to come before them.”
Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hairstylist
Miranda Kerr: What do you love most about Pride and how will you be celebrating?
Michael Brown: “In more recent years we have embraced June being Pride month internationally and having some American mates here, we now get quite into it and love seeing support from so many industries! June is my birthday month, so it’s been a constant rainbow celebration for years, so I’m all for the inclusivity Pride month symbolises.”
To further uplift the LGBQT+ community, KORA is also shining a light on five charities: Free 2 Luv, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Gay For Good, SAGE and True Colors United. Visit our KORA Cares page to find out how you too can support our LGBTQ+ friends, family and neighbors. Let us come together and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, together we can ignite permanent and positive change!