You smell that? That's success ladies and gentlemen.
After her breakout role in Pose, Mj Rodriguez has now bagged her first beauty campaign. The star has now announced a partnership with Olay Body, wherein she will function as one of the label's brand ambassadors.
"Olay Body is leading by example for other brands by opening doors for trans individuals like myself," Rodriguez said in a statement. "This is officially my first ever beauty campaign -- I am so thankful to have the opportunity to show other trans women of color everywhere that they are seen and that they are worthy." The actress joins other trans women of color like Laverne Cox, who have worked with the brand.
She also adds her name to a list of trans women who have worked with hair, makeup, and skincare brands before which include Tracey Norman, Lea T, and Geena Rocero for Clairol, Redken, and Covergirl respectively. In august, Teddy Quinlivan debuted as a face of Chanel Beauty.
"Olay Body is excited to work with Mj Rodriguez on this campaign, as Mj is truly a recognized trailblazer," the brand wrote in an email to Out. "She has transformed not just personally and professionally, but also as a leading advocate for diversity and inclusivity. This makes her the perfect fearless partner, where she is able to share her authentic journey of feeling confident in her own skin. As we begin to plan for future programs, Mj is definitely top of mind. We can't divulge specifics at this time, but stay tuned for what's coming next!"
For their partnership, Rodriguez did Olay Body's 14 Day Transformation, posting the results on her Instagram.
"As a woman, as a black or Latina or trans woman, we have to constantly give words of affirmation to ourselves," Rodriguez told The Cut of the project. "It's just hard for us. I'm just focusing on amplifying my voice, trying to get it out there as much as possible."
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