Gregory Gorgeous is an 19-year-old sensation from Toronto, Ontario. He has been consistently producing fashion tutorials on YouTube since 2008, and has become part of the viral-video elite. His vulnerability, humour, and expertise has gained him an incredible base of loyal fans all over the world.
Unalterable confidence and abounding positivity make Gregory a breath of fresh air for the LGBT community.
By simply being a popular boy in make-up, with no shame, he is a stepping stone to greater acceptance for people who don’t fall into stereotypical gender roles. If he continues to promote confidence and produce entertaining media, it isn’t unreasonable to predict that Gregory will one day be known as a gay icon.
When asked about any possible negativity that could result from his being true to himself, Gregory seems lightly amused.
If he does have haters, he barely seems to notice.
Gregory agreed to answer a few questions that I had for him earlier this week.
I love the name. Straight Up Love! [Laughs] What up?
Straight Up Love:
We’re so thrilled to be doing this interview! So, when did you start wearing make-up and women’s clothing?
I have been… not experimenting… it’s always been a part of my blood. I was always going through my mom’s wardrobe. I was just seeing and admiring: heels and colour and sequins and fashion.
I started playing with make-up when I was, I’m going to say 12 or 13. I was in my mom’s stuff and then going with my friends to buy it. Crazy.
Can you describe the first time you wore make-up or a dress in public?
I don’t remember the exact day and time. It was a gradual thing. It’s not like I’m a cross-dresser, this is just my style. It started with foundation and then it went to mascara. There wasn’t a set time that I went out in women’s clothes.
Have friends, family, or men ever tried to make you change who you are (how you dress)?
Not at all. My friends and my family are so supportive and so amazing. They just want what’s best for me. They want me to be happy. They’re going to be happy no matter what.
There’s always close-minded people… people who are just selfish.
You know what I mean? They’re like, ‘What are you doing? You should be more like this.’
When you have a goal and a dream, it’s your self. It’s your style. No one can tell you what to do.
What’s your type of guy?
Wow! Let me tell you! I was a diver, I was always around athletic bodies. Very muscular, very cut, very lean, just Greek Gods! I like big pecks, nice big arms. Tall obviously! I’m really tall in heels. I’m only 5’9 but when I wear heels I’m 6’2. So, please. [Laughs] He has to at least be a little bit taller than me.
When it comes down to it, I like personality. I like humour. Humour is huge.
What kind of guys do you usually attract?
I mean, what I just described to you – [Laughs] obviously. All guys. It doesn’t really matter.
How do straight guys react to you? Do you ever get mistaken for a woman?
[Laughs]Literally every single day I go out in my life! It’s not my goal to be mistaken as a woman, or anything like that.
It might be surprising to people that I am friends with many straight people. I tend to stay away from girls somewhat because I feel like there’s so much baggage and drama attached to them.
Straight guys – it’s all love. It’s all chill.
I would think that the worst impression I get from straight guys are ones that are insecure about themselves and can’t handle someone who looks, acts, and talks like me. They feel like they have to distance themselves from me.
Very confident, grounded straight guys – they love me.
Can you describe how you feel about your gender?
It’s something that I can totally see what people get confused and misconstrued because I do wear so much makeup. I do dress in women’s clothes.
I definitely see myself as a boy. I always do, always have been, always will. It’s just my style. It’s just what I find appealing for myself. I am definitely the highest level of gay but I’m definitely a boy.
What are your plans for the future? Is there a second season of The Avenue coming out?
Nothing I can really talk about regarding The Avenue, but there are some projects in the works and are very exciting. It’s me, I’ve always got something going – right? Love it.