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First trans woman of color in the U.S. to launch beauty brand has local ties

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – She could be defined as a “do-it-all” woman.

Jayla Roxx, a 26-year-old television personality and trailblazer in the LGBTQIA+ community, who once called Jacksonville home, spoke to News4Jax about becoming the first trans woman of color in the country to launch a beauty brand.

Roxx started BatMe! Cosmetics in 2017 after struggling to afford high-quality eyelashes. As a drag performer, Roxx would go through eyelashes weekly and decided to produce her own solution.

BatMe! Cosmetics not only sells eyelashes but has expanded to eyeshadow pallets, contour kits, lip gloss, merch and more. The products are all cruelty free and vegan.

Roxx told us that when she started her business, she had no idea what it would truly mean.

“I didn’t even know that I was stepping forward and becoming the first Black trans woman to create such a wonderful brand,” Roxx said. “I set myself up for

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21 Incredible LGBTQ Movies (That Aren’t ‘Brokeback Mountain’ or ‘Call Me By Your Name’)

When you think of queer films, you likely think of Brokeback Mountain, Call Me By Your Name, Carol or a handful of other super-buzzy examples. Absolutely no offense to those films (which are all incredible and deserve your streams), but there are tons of fantastic queer films that are a bit more under the radar. Here, 21 LGBTQ films—comedies, dramas, documentaries and everything in between—you must to add to your Netflix, Amazon and Hulu queues.

RELATED: The 18 Best LGBTQ TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now

Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel star in this queer period piece set in France in the late 18th century. Directed by Célene Sciamma, a lesbian, this subtle yet irresistible love story is about the forbidden affair between an aristocrat and a painter commissioned to paint her portrait.

Watch on Hulu or Amazon

With appearances by Laverne Cox (who also executive

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Are Liz Hurley’s topless pics taken by her mom sexy or do they make you want to HURL?

CHEEKY ELIZABETH Hurley has never been shy of flashing her flesh – even in front of her close family members.

The model and actress, 55, turned up the heat during this cold spell by posing in just pants and a fake fur jacket.

Liz made headlines with this sexy snap

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Liz made headlines with this sexy snapCredit: Instagram

Showing off her enviable body in two snaps, Liz asked her 1.8million Instagram followers: “How could I resist?”

And yesterday she revealed on Twitter that the pics were taken by her 80-year-old mom, Angela.

Liz has also previously spoken about how her 18-year-old son, Damian, has taken photos of her in a bikini.

She said: “When we’re on holiday together, sure he’ll take some pictures.

“And you know, he’s got a really good eye and he’s studying photography.”

Here, mom-of-four Ulrika Jonsson considers Liz’s unique family photo album.

Liz revealed the pics were taken by her 80-year-old mom, Angela

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Liz revealed the pics were taken by her
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Despite Attempts to Reform, Sorority Members Decry Systemic Failures

The racial reckoning sparked by George Floyd’s killing in May 2020 was the tipping point for dozens of Emory Panhellenic Council (EPC) members to drop. Citing discrimination against minority communities, economic barriers and internal resistance to change, former sorority members told the Wheel that last summer’s revelations follow years of “cognitive dissonance” about being part of Emory’s Greek Life.

“I just felt pretty isolated in the sorority because nobody really knew how I was feeling and nobody seemed to really care,” said Krista Delany (23C), a former Black member of Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) who dropped earlier this month. “ADPi would pride itself a lot on being the most diverse sorority on campus but then you’d look around, and there were multiple times where I couldn’t find a brown face in the room.”

On Jan. 9, EPC began its first round of 2021 recruitment and experienced a 23% drop in

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This waterproof mascara is a TikTok favorite

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If you’re looking for a volumizing mascara that’s also waterproof, one TikTok user has made the compelling case for Benefit Cosmetics’ BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara

BADgal BANG! is one of those cult-favorite mascaras known for creating super long and full lashes that aren’t weighed down by product. Benefits Cosmetics even says its formula is “gravity-defying” thanks to aero-particles, “one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology.”

Shop: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $25

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If you’re not convinced, watch 18-year-old TikToker Alana Perez’s before and after video.

In her video, Perez explained that she went to Ulta looking

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These Retro Beauty Ads Are Reimagined With Queer Models

As the camera shutter clicks, Jesi Taylor Cruz, lips slightly parted, pink nails gently pressed against blushed cheekbones, tries to channel one of the contestants from America’s Next Top Model, their favorite show growing up. The nails are important. This shoot, part of a project called Prim-n-Poppin, is inspired by sixties- and seventies-era cosmetics advertisements, and Cruz’s job is to sell that polish. Well, sort of.

It’s September 2019 and the Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio of beauty photographer Julia Comita is a flurry of activity. Hairstylist Raina D. Leon coifs one model to retro perfection while makeup artist Brenna Drury puts the finishing touches on another’s pastel eyeshadow. Still, Cruz remains focused, thinking, What would Tyra say to me right now?

After all, this moment is one Cruz had set sights on since moving to Brooklyn from Florida at age 19: “At some point when I came to New York,

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