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This Gay Buddhist Monk Uses Makeup to Spread Enlightenment

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One gay Buddhist monk uses an unusual medium to spread his religion’s message of enlightenment: eyeliner.


When Kodo Nishimura of Tokyo isn’t busy meditating, he moonlights as a makeup artist.

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He’s particularly fond of helping trans women look fabulous.


Nishimura has even gotten to work on Miss Universe contestants.


Nishimura came out publicly in a photo shoot for Out in Japan. Buzzfeed writes, “As a Buddhist monk, I want everyone to live happily in harmony. I believe makeup is one of the tools to make yourself happy, and if you’re happy, it becomes easier to be kind to others. In that sense, I think it’s a good link,” he said.

It’s a unique method of religious outreach, and we absolutely love it.