Sephora Launches New 'Bold Beauty' Class For The Transgender Community

The class is meant to help people learn about techniques and products that "fit and empower their beauty."

In March of 2017, Sephora launched their class Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer to help instill confidence in people affected by cancer. 

That class is part of their Classes for Confidence program meant"to help inspire fearlessness in those facing major life transitions. "Because you can live boldly. You are ready for any challenge. And now it's time to celebrate what fearless looks like— you." The program also includes a class for workforce re-entry

And now, the program will add a third class to its list: Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community, a free class "created especially for transgender or non-binary people to learn about techniques and products to fit and empower their beauty," it says on their website. The class, at 150 stores all over the country, offers skincare and makeup tips and is taught by trans-sensitive instructors. It also welcomes friends, families, and allies of the community and Sephora will host tutorials on YouTube as well. 

Corrie Conrad, Head of Social Impact and Sustainability at Sephora, tells Them about developing the class and the team behind it:

"We held focus groups and worked with our employees experiencing their own gender journeys to help determine class content, sensitivity training procedures, and to help figure out which stores would make the most sense. The trans and nonbinary community is a beloved part of our community and we want to be allies. That's the point of all our programming: Whether you're entering the workforce or questioning your gender, that's a major life transition. We want to be there for you."

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Dominique Anderson, Them reports, is one employee who's helped with the new class. She says:

"There was a time that I felt as a trans person I had no idea where I fit into beauty. I'd walk into certain cosmetic stores and feel out of place and hesitant to approach anyone. It was when I began shopping at Sephora that I knew it was a place where I was free to be myself. Sephora welcomed me with open arms and it's why I work at this company. During these classes, I hope to teach clients tricks that I use myself to soften up features and achieve certain looks. I want to instill confidence in my clients so that when they walk out of Sephora, they feel comfortable letting the world know who they are."

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So far, people and companies have taken to social media to praise Sephora for their inclusive efforts: 

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