To celebrate Pride, Avon Philippines, in partnership with comic artist Hulyen (@hulyen), produced a three-part comic series that illustrates “Beauty for All,” Avon’s advocacy that puts the spotlight on democratic beauty not just for women, but for everyone—regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression.
“I think everyone deserves to celebrate their own version of beauty especially if it makes them feel good about themselves,” shares Hulyen. “It’s really great that a major beauty brand like Avon is rallying behind this advocacy because it encourages you to be yourself and celebrate what makes you you.”
Each strip depicts issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. The comics were distributed to hundreds of thousands of Avon representatives in more than 190 branches across the Philippines, encouraging them to learn more and understand the LGBTQIA+ community.
It also provides context that Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) goes beyond just the girl, boy, bakla (gay), and tomboy (lesbian) that most Filipinos are more familiar with.
Another comic depicts a queer person who “magically” transforms into her true self when she’s with her friends. This has become a common experience with LGBTQIA+ individuals all over the world. According to Stonewall, only 46 to 47 percent of queer-identifying individuals feel open and confident to share their sexual orientation or gender identity with their families. Likewise, allies of the community should help create safe spaces where queer individuals can open up and express their true selves.
Enjoy reading the comics and be inspired.