Taylor Chang-Babaian’s mother was petrified her daughter would be a permanent ugly duckling and suggested whatever would be possible — plastic surgery for Korean-American Chang-Babaian’s eyelids, radical haircuts and assorted diets — to spark a swanlike transformation.
By no means a shrinking violet, Chang-Babaian took her appearance into her own hands. She tried out different eye shadow techniques in high school (one led to a male classmate to wonder if she had a black eye) and eventually perfected her makeup skills enough to beautify herself and others as a celebrity makeup artist working with an array of clients, including Yoko Ono, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey and Michelle Rodriguez.
"You start one way as a baby, but why shouldn't you be able to choose your own path as opposed to culturally people telling you which way to go?" - Thom Browne at his men's spring 2018 show, where he celebrated gender fluidity. #pfw #wwdmens (📷: @delphineachard)
"I think that all anyone really wants in life is to have people understand us for who we actually are, despite everything," says Ruth Negga. The actress talks "Preachers" season 2 and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Dan Doperalski)