Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP
Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP

This gay Buddhist monk is a make-up artist, has an Instagram account, and he’s speaking up for LGBT equality in Japan

  • When not in Buddhist robes, Kodo Nishimura often appears wearing make-up, heels and fake eyelashes on his Instagram account, which has nearly 60,000 followers
  • The 31-year-old hopes his autobiography, published recently, will inspire more LGBT people in Japan to openly embrace their sexual identity

Topic |   Beauty
Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP
Japanese make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura speaks at Waseda University in Tokyo. Immaculately made up, sporting smoky eyeshadow, false lashes and winged eyeliner, he changed outfits three times during a presentation. At his monastery he wears a monk’s robe. Photo: AFP
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