2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in 1972.

 

Every year, LGBTQ+ History Month is categorised by a theme and this year’s is ‘Politics in Art’ with the excerpt

‘The Arc is Long’ taken from the Martin Luther King quote:

 

 

 

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in 1972.

Every year, LGBTQ+ History Month is categorised by a theme and this year’s is ‘Politics in Art’ with the excerpt

‘The Arc is Long’ taken from the Martin Luther King quote:

 

 

 

Powerful stuff.

The quote recognises inclusion and acceptance and how this takes a long time. However by coming together,

with time, awareness and understanding, we are moving towards greater social justice and fairness.

Powerful stuff.

The quote recognises inclusion and acceptance and how this takes a long time. However by coming together,

with time, awareness and understanding, we are moving towards greater social justice and fairness.


HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO CLOUD NINE AND THE HAIR AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY?


HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO CLOUD NINE AND THE HAIR AND BEAUTY INDUSTRY?

This LGBT History Month 2022 recognises the creativity, imagination, and innovation of LGBTQ+ creators throughout history.

At CLOUD NINE we're supporting content creation within digital and media, from TikTok creators, Instagram influencers, drag artistry,

hair stylists and those expressing their styles creatively.

 

Creativity and expression is this year's theme and we want to provide representation within the hair industry 

to champion creators within the LGBTQ+ community. We want to shout about their personal style,

and learn what expression through creativity within the hair and beauty industry means to them.

This LGBT History Month 2022 recognises the creativity, imagination, and innovation of LGBTQ+ creators throughout history.

 

At CLOUD NINE we're supporting content creation within digital and media, from TikTok creators, Instagram influencers, drag artistry, hair stylists and those expressing their styles creatively.

 

Creativity and expression is this year's theme and we want to provide representation

within the hair industry to champion creators within the LGBTQ+ community.

We want to shout about their personal style,

and learn what expression through creativity within the hair and beauty industry means to them.

 

We're supporting gender neutral salons, pushing for equality.

We are your ally.

 

At CLOUD NINE our ethos is to be FIERCELY KIND and our brand values are to be Caring, Determined, Honest, and Inclusive.

Creativity and art provides room for self expression, to communicate who you are

and an outlet for whatever emotion you are feeling, without barriers and we are here to support it.

 

We're supporting gender neutral salons, pushing for equality.

We are your ally.

 

At CLOUD NINE our ethos is to be FIERCELY KIND and our brand values are to be Caring, Determined, Honest, and Inclusive.

Creativity and art provides room for self expression, to communicate who you are

and an outlet for whatever emotion you are feeling, without barriers

and we are here to support it.


STORIES FROM OUR OWN LGBT+ COMMUNITY AT CLOUD NINE

 

We wanted to hear from members of our team in the LGBT community, to find out what representation within the hair and beauty

industry means to them, their journey and how they express themselves through their hair:

 

 

We wanted to hear from members of our team in the LGBT community, to find out what representation within the hair and beauty

industry means to them, their journey and how they express themselves through their hair:

 

NICKI

 

 

Q: How important is it to see people from the LGBTQ+ community representing who they are through art and creativity?

 

A: I think it's really important to see people from the LGBTQ+ community doing ‘their thing’ as they are 100% being themselves. Representation is so important, especially when there is still so much homophobia throughout the world.

 

"If you can't see it, then you can't be it". Most political movements are born from marginalised groups of people fighting for their rights. If you look at the Stonewall riots then most of the "drag queens" there were underground artists (in the broadest sense of the word - painters/musicians/dancers). A lot of them saw drag as art, and it is a protest. Marsha P Johnson for example.

 

Q: Who inspired you when you were growing up?

 

A: I’d probably say Pink. I think she’s been an inspiration to many young people growing up who are struggling with their identity. With Pink her style is androgynous, she isn’t bothered about gender stereotypes and she has championed the strong, athletic female body. Pink has expressed herself massively though her style and especially with her hair styles.

 

Q: Have you seen any changes for the LGBTQ+ community in the hair and beauty industry?

 

A: There has definitely been a massive change in terms of non-binary models, as well as marketing make-up to men. One example of positive change in recent years is the hugely successful trans Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager with a YouTube channel named NikkieTutorials. This channel has almost 14 million subscribers and whos ‘coming out’ video posted in Jan 2020 has now had almost 40 million views – an impressive following and an inspiration journey!

 

Q: What does hair confidence look like to you?

 

A: It’s the person who owns their hair, their style – perhaps going out with ‘good hair’ but no makeup on.

 

 

Q: How important is it to see people from the LGBTQ+ community representing who they are through art and creativity?

 

A: I think it's really important to see people from the LGBTQ+ community doing ‘their thing’ as they are 100% being themselves. Representation is so important, especially when there is still so much homophobia throughout the world.

 

"If you can't see it, then you can't be it". Most political movements are born from marginalised groups of people fighting for their rights. If you look at the Stonewall riots then most of the "drag queens" (in the broadest sense of the word - painters/musicians/dancers). A lot of them saw drag as art, and it is a protest. Marsha P Johnson for example.

 

Q: Who inspired you when you were growing up?

 

A: I’d probably say Pink. I think she’s been an inspiration to many young people growing up who are struggling with their identity. With Pink her style is androgynous, she isn’t bothered about gender stereotypes and she has championed the strong, athletic female body. Pink has expressed herself massively though her style and especially with her hair styles.

 

Q: Have you seen any changes for the LGBTQ+ community in the hair and beauty industry?

 

A: There has definitely been a massive change in terms of non-binary models, as well as marketing make-up to men. One example of positive change in recent years is the hugely successful trans Dutch makeup artist and beauty vlogger Nikkie de Jager with a YouTube channel named NikkieTutorials. This channel has almost 14 million subscribers and whos ‘coming out’ video posted in Jan 2020 has now had almost 40 million views – an impressive following and an inspiration journey!

 

Q: What does hair confidence look like to you?

 

A: It’s the person who owns their hair, their style – perhaps going out with ‘good hair’ but no makeup on.


GEORGIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: How does your hair make you feel?

 

A: My hair makes me feel free to be me. I used to be so scared of stepping out of my comfort zone out of fear of being judged, but when I found the confidence to "come out" to my friends and family, I let my hair be loud and represent my personality. I love changing the colour of my hair and trying out new things, and it makes me feel unstoppable.

 

Q: What does hair confidence look like to you?

 

A: Hair confidence to me is doing whatever makes you feel good despite what other's think. It's so hard to pass that boundary of "what if" but I've learnt that the best things lie on the other side of fear. My friends, family & Izzy have understood my individuality and embraced it, through the things I wear to the colours I dye my hair.

 

Q: Finally can you give us one word that describes what your hair means to you?

 

A: Freedom.

 

 

Q: How does your hair make you feel?

 

A: My hair makes me feel free to be me. I used to be so scared of stepping out of my comfort zone out of fear of being judged, but when I found the confidence to "come out" to my friends and family, I let my hair be loud and represent my personality. I love changing the colour of my hair and trying out new things, and it makes me feel unstoppable.

 

Q: What does hair confidence look like to you?

 

A: Hair confidence to me is doing whatever makes you feel good despite what other's think. It's so hard to pass that boundary of "what if" but I've learnt that the best thing lie on the other side of fear. My friends, family & Izzy have understood my individuality and embraced it, through the things I wear to the colours I dye my hair.

 

Q: Finally can you give us one word that describes what your hair means to you?

 

A: Freedom.

 

 


WE’RE WITH YOU, WE STAND WITH YOU, WE PLEDGE OUR SUPPORT.

 

We stand with you, we are your allies.

We’re not perfect, but we support this amazing community and will continue to grow, listen and learn.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of it.

 

 

We stand with you, we are your allies.

 

We’re not perfect, but we support this amazing community and will continue to grow, listen and learn.

 

Thank you for allowing us to be part of it.

 

 

To learn more about LGBTQ+ history month and what you can do to be an active ally please find these helpful links:

 

To learn more about LGBTQ+ history month and what you can do to be an active ally please find these helpful links: