Drag Race icon Gottmik slays in stunning new Pride campaign for queer fragrance company Boy Smells
RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Symone and Gottmik are the face of a Pride campaign from Boy Smells.
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Season 13 winner Symone appears alongside trailblazing trans queen Gottmik, 13 Reasons Why stars Brandon Flynn and Tommy Dorfman and Leyna Bloom, who was the first openly trans woman of colour to feature in Vogue India.
They’re posing with one of the five candles from the Boy Smells collection, which have their own designated colour so when the candles burn they “radiate colour from within.”
The candles are named Ambrosia, Extro Very, Dynasty, Philia and Rosalita and they are priced at $39/£45 each.
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The stars of the campaign were asked to explain how Pride is represented in their lives, with Symone saying: “Pride is complete ownership of oneself unapologetically.
“Pride is knowing thyself and giving your 100 per cent every time and not being ashamed to do so.
“I’m really proud of myself now, I can say for a really long time I wasn’t.
“I made it through a really long and hard journey. And, I came out on the other side with a crown upon my head!”
Fellow season 13 queen and drag pioneer Gottmik adds: “Pride is being your most authentic self and being praised for it.
“I’m proud of all of us for being ourselves in the face of a world that doesn’t always want us to be, and wants us to be silenced.”
The season 13 finalists are going from strength to strength after recently being honoured as two of the “greatest ever” queens to appear on Drag Race by RuPaul herself.
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While accepting an award on stage at the MTV Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted, the host surprised Symone and Gottmik, telling them: “You’re two of the greatest cast members we have ever had on our little show.”
Each week Boy Smells will release an intimate conversation on Instagram, with one of the queer star’s of the campaign talking about their lives and one of the candles from the collection.
Boy Smells has confirmed that 20 per cent of proceeds from the collection throughout June and July is being donated to The Trevor Project.