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    Happy Pride! This month is a time for the 2SLGBTQI+ communities and allies to come together and spotlight the resilience, celebrate the talent, and recognize the contributions of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities. In honour of Pride 2024, we’re spotlighting prominent members of the 2SLGBTQI+ community. Below, they share how they’re celebrating this year and their everyday essentials available at Hillcrest.

    Aurora Matrix (she/they), Drag Performer

    aurora matrix

    Photo: Enzo Romero (@enzoromero)

    When Aurora Matrix (a.k.a. Anton Ling) was introduced to the Drag Race world on season 4 of Canada’s Drag Race, she quickly turned heads with her stunning runway looks that paid homage to her Chinese heritage through the art of drag. However, it was her vulnerability in sharing her story of coming out to as queer to her traditional and conservative Asian parents that really won over everyone’s hearts. With her platform as the runner-up of Canada’s Drag Race, Aurora wants to be a role model for queer Asian youth and be the representation she needed when she was younger.

    “[This Pride, I want to] BE EXCEPTIONAL! For me, it’s all about being my best self everywhere I go! Whether in drag or out of drag, putting my best foot forward and living my authentic self is what’s most important!”

    Aurora’s Picks:

    Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

    Urban Decay at Sephora

    NYX Professional Makeup Fat Oil Slick Click Shiny Lip Balm

    NYX at Shoppers Drug Mart

    1. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (Available at Sephora): “My go to setting spray for when I need my makeup to last all night long. This has been in my setting spray for years and somehow, I still go back to it. A tried and true for sure!”
    2. NYX Professional Makeup Fat Oil Slick Click Shiny Lip Balm (Available at Shoppers Drug Mart): “The NYX Fat Oils now come in a cute and easy stick click formula. It is such an easy 2 birds 1 stone product, a hydrating lip balm that also leaves my lips juicy and shimmery for the day.”

    Erika Casupanan (she/her), Media Personality and Podcast Host

    Erika Casupanan

    Photo courtesy Erika Casupanan

    Last December, Survivor season 41 winner Erika Casupanan came out as queer on Instagram, ultimately making her the first lesbian to win the popular reality show (she’s also the first Canadian and Filipino to win the series’ million-dollar prize). Post-Survivor, Casupanan launched a podcast called “Happy to See Me,” which puts the spotlight on the overlooked and underestimated. In her inspirational interviews, she creates a safe space for guests from all walks of life to share the triumphs, trials and a-ha moments on their paths to today.

    “For Pride, I want to Be Authentic. This year is my first Pride as an out queer person. For years, I celebrated Pride alongside my queer friends as a proud ally. I’m a ball of excitement and nerves. I’m proud to be part of the community as a more fully realized version of me. At the same time, I’m nervous. Sometimes I feel that imposter syndrome where I wonder am I queer enough? I know a lot of people who come into their queerness in adulthood can feel this way. So I want to lean into all of it: the joy and the nerves. I know that all of it is a valid part of the journey. There’s no right way to be queer. If anyone else feels that way, you’re not alone!”

    Erika's Picks:

    Dr. Martens Voss Flower Women

    Dr. Martens at Browns Shoes

    Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash

    Origins at Hudson's Bay

    1. Dr. Martens Voss Flower Women (Available at Browns Shoes): “A mix of edgy, adorable and easy to wear. Perfect for going from summer days to summer nights.”
    2. Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash (Available at Hudson’s Bay)

    Miss Moço (she/her), Drag Performer

    miss moco

    Photo: Jamo Best (@jamobest)

    You may recognize Miss Moço (who goes by Adam Moco when not in drag) from Canada’s Drag Race season 3 and from her wildly popular Saturday Drag Brunch at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. On top of representing and championing the drag and queer community in Toronto, the Portuguese Canadian performer also created a drag movement in Lisbon, Portugal, by starting a drag pageant called Miss Drag Lisboa.

    “This Pride, I want to Be Seen. I celebrate Pride by living loud, proud and authentically me every single day.”

    Miss Moço's Picks

    Youth To the People Superfood Air-Whip Lightweight Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

    Youth to the People at Sephora

    Saie Glossybounce™ High-Shine Hydrating Lip Gloss Oil

    Saie at Sephora

    Cheekbone Beauty at Sephora

    Cheekbone Beauty at Sephora

    1. Youth To the People Superfood Air-Whip Lightweight Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid (Available at Sephora): “Keeps my face feeling hydrated after removing heavy longwear makeup.
    2. Saie Glossybounce™ High-Shine Hydrating Lip Gloss Oil (Available at Sephora): “I am just absolutely obsessed with it!”
    3. Cheekbone Beauty Unify Multi Pencil (Available at Sephora): “My go-to for precision contouring”

    Miss Fiercalicious (she/they/he), Drag Performer

    miss fiercalicious

    Photo: Enzo Romero (@enzoromero)

    Known for her sassy, loud personality and, well, fierce, looks, Miss Fiercalicious (a.k.a. Paulo Fortes) is truly a force to be reckoned with. A top four finalist on season 3 of Canada’s Drag Race and a contestant on Traitors Canada season 1, Fierce is always unapologetically herself and inspires others to embrace their authentic selves, no matter what anyone else thinks.

    “Pride is being proud of my authentic self without any shame or judgement. Growing up in a religious household I grew up with a lot of shame and I was always afraid to express my authentic queer self. Now, I celebrate my queerness and live everyday authentically and openly proud, in hopes of inspiring other people who may be going through the same struggle.”

    Miss Fiercalicious’ Pick:

    mac studio tech foundation

    MAC Cosmetics at Sephora

    1. MAC Studio Tech Foundation (Available at Sephora): “My go-to product for makeup. The application is creamy and smooth against my skin, but dries and leaves a powder finish. It’s very resistant during my drag performances. The coverage is medium and buildable, which makes it great for everyday wear or when I need full coverage when I’m in drag.”


    Celebrate Pride!

    Celebrate Pride by showing your support to the 2SLGBTQI+ with these picks that give back to the community.

    Whether you’re a member of the 2SLGBTQI+ community or an ally, we hope you celebrate who you are and everything you want to be this month and beyond. Happy Pride!

    Read More: History of Pride Flags

    Save the date Saturday June 22nd 12-5pm. Hillcrest and Upper Canada are proud to partner with York Pride to host family-friendly fun activities, community support resources and more.


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