Dani Gauld shares her outlook on self care, career journey in NYC, and what beauty means to her as a transgender woman.
Mira: Tell us about yourself (how you approach beauty, what your role in the community is, etc).
Dani: I am a 21-year-old college student with experience working in marketing in the beauty industry (NARS Cosmetics, Weleda). Outside of working, I am a beauty enthusiast and my interest in beauty is rooted in how it can unleash the confidence, power, and happiness of people. This takes form in helping family and friends create a beauty and skincare regimen, finding specific products to fit their needs, doing people’s makeup, and sharing tips, tricks, and techniques. As a transgender woman, I have approached beauty as a way to show the world how I feel and who I really am on the inside and I believe that there is so much value in that.
Mira: What has your beauty education and journey looked like over the past 5-10 years?
Dani: My beauty education and journey started when I was male, as a way for me to cope with various insecurities I had. I would lock myself in the bathroom before school and use my mom’s makeup every day, mostly just using tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone. I was not very open about my use of makeup and felt that I would be judged by people if I pursued an interest in it, so I turned to YouTube as a way to learn more. Everything I know about beauty came from watching videos and practicing on myself. As my interest in beauty grew, I cared less and less what others thought and started to turn it into an outlet for my creativity and femininity. When I got to college I started working with more and more products and would do my makeup and even friends’ makeup on the weekends. It became a passion of mine and ultimately led me to work in the beauty industry.
Mira: What are your top 5 must-have beauty and/or skincare products?