Hair Stylist Andrew Fitzsimons Takes New Initiative To Help Trans Women

Hair Stylist Andrew Fitzsimons Takes New Initiative To Help Trans Women

Beauty and free self-expression knows no bounds.

Beauty and free self-expression knows no bounds.

Text: Danielle Combs

Famed hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons's passion and career goes far beyond just creating beautiful hair. With TEEP and the LGBTQ center in Los Angeles, Fitzsimons is embracing change and promoting awareness of the beauty standards set amongst trans women. When discussing the initiative, Fitzsimons said: “Beyond it being a program to help trans women feel confident, what I want to focus on and bring attention to is the gender non-conforming community. Coming from the beauty industry, being able to see people express themselves however they choose to, and it isn’t only makeup or hair, but it is about self-care and being your own authentic self.”

At the tender age of 13, the hairstylist started his career after landing a job at a salon based in Dublin. After harnessing the skill-set by working on photo shoots and studying vintage fashion magazines, Andrew was able to transform into the mega-talent he is now. Today, Andrew is the brand ambassador of Alterna Haircare and hopes to make an impact in the beauty industry by developing new products, forecast hair trends and give back to community by supporting trans women in need through partnering with programs such as TEEP.

“I felt like creating a program where myself and my peers (beauty professionals, celebrities, editors) would be able to pool our resources," said Fitzsimons. "We live in an age where cosmetics are one of the biggest industries and we get sent so many products we don’t even know what to do with. So I said 'I’m a feminist, I would love to first and foremost help women.' There was a community of women and non-conforming people that don’t have access to a lot of self-care products. I wanted to built a bridge between the beauty community with a beautiful, vibrant, and growing community and build a bridge not only for beauty professionals to donate and conduct an act of service, but [also] to open up a conversation about why an organization like TEEP exists and why there is a need to help the trans community. Self-esteem plays such a big role in people’s lives and people feeling like their most authentic selves.”

In the face of society, judgment is often eminent due to the archaic beauty standards that have been set in place for ages, especially for trans women today. Rather than ignoring the needs of women, Fitzsimons is on the way to radicalize the way beauty is perceived.

PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG SWALES
Credits: MODEL AVIE ACOSTA PHOTOGRAPHED BY GREG SWALES STYLED BY CHLOE BADAWY MAKEUP WENDI MIYAKE (MAM NYC) HAIR ANDREW FITZSIMONS FOR ALTERNA HAIRCARE

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