9 LGBTQ+ People Share What Beauty Means to Them

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and as corny as it may sound, it’s true. The notion of beauty is nothing if not personal, and can mean different things to each individual depending on who you ask. It’s such a fluid concept that even someone’s personal definition of the word can change and evolve over time.

Beauty also doesn’t have to involve makeup, nail art, or an elaborate hairstyle – although of course it can. Ultimately, what beauty boils down to is a form of self-expression and individuality. Because of that, the beauty industry itself can be both universal and inclusive, as it should be.

In honor of LGBTQ+ History Month this June and to celebrate the ability to manifest beauty in any way you choose, we’ve asked nine LGBTQ+ people to share exactly what beauty means to them. Keep scrolling to read their insightful answers, ahead, and when you’re done, don’t forget to shop from a few of our favorite LGBTQ+-owned beauty brands.

Related: It’s a Dangerous Time For the LGBTQ+ Community; Here’s How We Can All Help

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