Laverne Cox’s Makeup Artist Is Creating A Safe Space In Hollywood
Seven years later and Smith is now a two-time Emmy-nominated makeup artist who has worked on award-winning shows like Pose and an extensive roster of celebrities, including Cox, Angelica Ross, MJ Rodriguez, and Jill Scott. Soon, Smith found that her work took on a much greater purpose than the way her clients looked on the outside. In collaborating with stars like Cox, she felt called to create a safe, positive backstage experience for members of the transgender community. “Ultimately, what everyone on set for projects featuring Trans people wants is the same expectation of excellence that is required on any creative project,” says Smith, who considers herself a “buffer” between the talent and other departments. “My unique position is to ameliorate triggering circumstances so that featured Trans talent can perform at their highest level.”

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