29-year-old trendsetter and Hip-Hop artist Saucy Santana is taking matters into his own hands, as he becomes the beauty ambassador for Black, female-owned brand, Thread Beauty.
Santana uses his platform to push for representation in the beauty industry, especially for Black LGBTQAI+ creatives. Now, the trailblazing artist and makeup lover is representing his community and doing it in full glam.
The partnership itself is not only a step forward for representation, it also demonstrates that beauty brands not only have the opportunity to challenge traditional standards but have the responsibility and the influence to be the catalyst for change.
Courtesy of Thread Beauty
“Prior to launching thread beauty, we weren’t seeing diversity in the beauty space, especially when it comes to men in makeup,” Butler said.
“Who better to be the face of a beauty brand championing unapologetic self-expression and genuine authenticity than ‘the’ Saucy Santana?”
Butler continued: “We are overwhelmed & overjoyed that we get to embark on this first partnership with him.”
BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke to Saucy Santana about his collaboration with Thread Beauty, the importance of representing LGBTQAI+ creatives in the cosmetic industry and what he hopes supporters will take away from the partnership.
How does it feel to represent the community, considering you’ve been a longtime advocate for bringing LGBTQ creatives to the forefront of the cosmetics industry.
I feel that this collaboration is truly a win for the culture, especially being a Black, male-presenting and feminine gay man signed to a beauty deal is just great representation and visibility for my community. It’s hard to secure opportunities like this, especially in the spaces that I am in, such as Hip-Hop & Rap, being a black, dark skinned and feminine gay man, so I really appreciate the recognition and thread beauty for just giving men like me an opportunity to be seen and visible in a positive light within the beauty space.
I was getting my nails done the other day, and I was smiling to myself watching a boy who looked like me, with a bald face haircut and lined up beard, sit down and get his acrylic tip nails put on. I was so happy and so proud that more people are living their lives how they want and feel comfortable just being themselves. Our representation might not be plentiful, but we’re growing and that’s having an impact. I think people seeing me and others like me, it’s making people feel more comfortable doing what they want to do & accept us for who we are.
What do you think beauty brands can learn from this collaboration?
Thread beauty being Black-owned, female-founded, affordable and offering 26 shades of foundation, including deeper melanin tones in the foundation and concealers is really ground-breaking. You don’t really see a lot of makeup brands doing that. Typically once brands get to a certain medium-deep brown shade, they stop, a lot of brands don’t usually even offer a deep enough shade for me. So I just think this is a great thing and more brands should create a more inclusive shade range for BIPOC people.
What does inclusive beauty mean to you?
I remember, back in the day, when I was getting make-up, foundation colors would stop at certain colors, and they wouldn’t really go that deep for darker skin tones. They would have two shades and then it was up to us to figure it out. I love that thread beauty just goes so deep, and is truly inclusive all into the deeper shades of their product line- especially the ‘face it’ complexion sticks. That was one of the first things that attracted me to working with the brand, knowing that it would be catering to everyone and that even my dark-skinned followers and fans could find something to love with the brand.
Courtesy of Thread Beauty
What do you hope your fans take away from this amazing collaboration?
That they can do it too! We all have our own battles, even in the gay community. Boys like me, who are dark skinned, feminine and plus sized, get counted out within the community and don’t get a lot of opportunities. So, for me to be the first celebrity face of thread beauty shows people that we are able to be accepted for who we are, and it just speaks volumes. It’s making us more visible and helping us win.
What is your favorite product from the cosmetic line?
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Source: Black Enterprise