The rainbow hues favored by Canadian photographer Laurence Philomène (@laurencephilomene) are vibrant — think lipstick-red, banana-yellow and bubblegum-pink — but the most radiant part of the photographs isn’t the colors. It’s the models themselves, who are Laurence’s friends, biggest inspirations and fellow gender nonconformists. “People who are unapologetic about who they are and who are willing to put themselves out there inspire me, because that’s really scary to me,” says Laurence, a 24-year-old Montreal native. Gender nonconformists, who don’t behave and appear in their expected gender roles, can receive stares. In Laurence’s photos, they stare right back — boldly, playfully, joyfully. “A lot of my work is about showing people as they are,” says Laurence. “I’m not interested in trying to create an illusion of some perfect beauty. I just want to make people happy and make them feel validated. Doing that work makes me feel validated, too.” It’s June, and in many countries that means it’s time to celebrate #Pride2017. All month long, we’ll be sharing stories from diverse LGBTQ community members from around the world, like Laurence. Photo by @laurencephilomene
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