Enioluwa Adeoluwa, also known as “Lipgloss Boy” or “Beauty Boy,” talks to Robert Solomon of Paper Magazine about navigating life and career as a femme boy in a conservative country like Nigeria.
Initially, people had assumed that brands would be reluctant to associate with a Nigerian man who wears makeup. By remaining consistent with himself and his content, he has, however, been able to work with banks, which are widely regarded as the most conservative industry in the country, as well as international brands such as Fenty and Mac.
He is grateful to people like Denrele Edun, who walked so he could fly without criticism, because he says he doesn’t experience hate or trolling, and he believes it is important to change the narrative that young people should expect hate and trolling when they choose to be their true selves unapologetically.
Read the full interview here