Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

She's All That: Lesbian Sensation Gigi Gorgeous Is Also a Model, Spokesperson, Activist, and a Trans Woman in Love

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

She's All That: Lesbian Sensation Gigi Gorgeous Is Also a Model, Spokesperson, Activist, and a Trans Woman in Love

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When Gigi Gorgeous arrived to The Advocate cover shoot, there was a shift of energy in the room. Gorgeous possesses that rare but unmistakable star power, which separates the vivacious 24-year-old from the rest of us. She's compelling. You just can't look away-something her over 2.4 million YouTube subscribers can affirm. An "It Girl" of the YouTube generation, she's skyrocketed to fame simply by being herself and documenting her life.

Despite Gorgeous having this larger-than-life persona--not to mention contracts with Revlon, Too Faced cosmetics, Crest Canada, and a new critically-acclaimed documentary about her life--she's anything but a diva. Gorgeous is humble, approachable, funny, and kind. She's every bit the girl we've gotten to know via her honest, endearing, and often outrageous YouTube videos.

Gorgeous often turns the conversation to others, like when she says. "I've always kind of gotten my personality from my mom, and whether that's 'star quality' or whatever ... A lot of her is in me."

Sadly, as we learn in This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, a documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, her mother, Judith Lazzarato, lost her battle with cancer when Gorgeous was 19 and still struggling with her gender identity. When Gorgeous did come out, her father, David Lazzarato, had a hard time accepting it. In an especially powerful moment in the film, Lazzarato tearfully talks about "losing Gregory."

In the film, as well as in her diary-style YouTube videos, we also witness Gorgeous struggle through the physical and emotional pain of her feminization surgeries. We see her fall in love, and break up. It's almost impossible not to put yourself in her shoes-which is why someone like Gorgeous is so important for the transgender rights movement.

And it's a role she embraces, saying, "I am a woman and that's enough for me. …

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