×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Laverne Cox, Paris Hilton Promote Self-Love at Beautycon NYC

Bold and beautiful looks took over the Javits Center for Beautycon NYC drawing celebrities, influencers, and makeup enthusiasts to the Manhattan-based venue, but inspirational messages about self-love was prominent throughout the two-day event.

Lifetime’s beauty challenge reality show “Glam Masters,” co-executive produced by Kim Kardashian West, hosted a panel with host Laverne Cox and judges Mario Dedivanovic, a long-time makeup artist for West, beauty influencer Kandee Johnson, and Milk Makeup co-founder Zanna Rassi on Saturday.

While much of the 30-minute discussion revolved around tips for aspiring artists and the latest beauty trends, Cox made sure to drive home a message of loving yourself before loving society’s standards of beauty to the predominantly youthful audience.

“I’ve been seeing so much FaceTune and all these [photoshopping apps] on Instagram and social media and [then] there’s so much surgery…” she started.

“I think the thing about beauty is there is the fantasy — and that’s ok — but I think in real life, is it about self actualization and embracing who you are or is it about making a fantasy? Make sure you have a sense of what reality is … we need to really love and accept ourselves,” she continued.

Touching on her own struggles with self-identity and bullying she went on to give advice to those dealing with similar issues, “When I’m having a bad day, I have to turn off social media in that moment and say, ‘Laverne, you are beautiful, you are smart, you are amazing. You are not what this person says about you.’ And then I call someone and say, ‘Can you support me and tell me that I am enough as who I am?’ This isn’t something we have to do on our own,’” Cox said to a resounding applause.

Saturday also hosted Paris Hilton for a candid chat about her career and the launch of her new unicorn-themed beauty line. She also revealed that despite her lavish upbringing, she shies away from extraneous beauty procedures. “I’ve always been all natural,” she said. “I’ve never done botox, plastic surgery, nothing in my life. I swear on my soul!”

Panels like Niche Is The New Norm consisted of digital influencers Nabela Noor, Alok V Menon, Tokyo Stylez, Irene Kim, and Lizzo, who all support breaking down barriers with their “perceived imperfections.” Numerous beauty installations also promoted words of encouragement and positivity throughout the day.

Beautycon NYC continued on Sunday and included special appearances by Zendaya, Danielle BrooksLucy Hale, and Hillary Clinton.

More Scene

  • Cara Delevingne attends The Trevor Project's

    Cara Delevingne Recalls Producers Saying That Being Queer Will Hurt Her Career

    Hollywood may be celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with displays of the rainbow flag and lots of talk about supporting diversity and inclusion, but Cara Delevingne says there’s still work to be done. “Behind closed doors, we are still being told, as I have, by powerful Hollywood producers that we can’t make it if we’re queer,” [...]

  • Kiernan Shipka and Ross LynchMTV Movie

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    Many of the biggest stars in movies and television — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kiernan Shipka, Sandra Bullock, Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson — came together to present and receive honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi. And while non-attendees are able to enjoy [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

  • Anthony Anderson LADF

    Why Anthony Anderson and Billie Jean King are Giving Back with the Dodgers Foundation

    Celebrities and athletes came together at the Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala to celebrate the team’s commitment to supporting youth and to catch a glimpse of the event’s headliner: Bruno Mars. Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss were honored at the fifth annual event, which raised over $3 million for programs benefiting Los Angeles youth. [...]

  • Shia LaBeouf poses at the premiere

    Shia LaBeouf to Host Birthday Fundraiser for Slauson Rec. Theater Company

    Shia LaBeouf is celebrating his 33rd birthday by giving back. The actor, who turned 33 on June 11, will host a fundraising concert later this month for the Slauson Rec Theater Company, a 10-month-old free performing arts program he co-founded in downtown Los Angeles. The night will also include a preview of the Slauson Rec [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content