The November issue of Flare featured a pleasant surprise–an androgynous, gender-bending makeup editorial called “Joyhood.” Starring model Riley D, it was styled by Jillian Vieira and shot by Peter Ash Lee.
The shoot didn’t scream “HEY LOOK WE’RE DOING AN ANDROGYNOUS EDITORIAL EVERYONE!!!” Rather, the tagline for it was simply, “Coming to a town near you: late ’60s-inspired makeup with enough of today’s edge to make us all–yes, all–happy”
Audra Williams recently questioned in the National Post, “Why does ‘gender neutral’ have to mean ‘without any traditionally feminine signifiers’?” Williams makes an excellent point, and Flare seems to have taken Williams’ question to heart, challenging this typical scenario with this editorial, leaving readers with great new beauty inspiration.
Well done, Flare!