Aspiring makeup artist Gisela Villa convinced her biggest fan, her papi, to do his makeup, but instead of celebrating her dad's killer poses, fierce highlight or his support for his hija, the Internet responded by questioning his masculinity.
“Your dad just lost his masculinity for this,” one commenter said. “Makeup shouldn’t be for guys. What has this world come to?’ I’ve never liked to bring attention to negativity, but this isn’t right,” another added.
Makeup has no gender; it’s for everyone: women, men, gender non-conforming people, straight, gay, bi, fat, muscular, skinny and dads who want to encourage their teen daughter’s passion.
Villa, 17, has been practicing makeup application by watching YouTube videos for the past two years. The mexicana has gotten really good, and wanted to try her cosmetic skills on her father.
“I always wondered what he’d look like if he had makeup on because he has a big mustache. So I always thought to myself, ‘It’d be really funny if I did my makeup on him,’ but I never mentioned it to him,” she told mitú.
One day, when boredom struck, she asked her papi if she could give him a makeover. He eventually gave in, saying, “Okay – just this one time.”
“I was super bored at home, about to cook dinner and I kind of just remembered I wanted to do my dad’s makeup. He had just gotten home from work and I asked him. He just looked at me without saying anything and I was SO EXCITED," she said.
Soon, the young artist brought out her tools and made a femme masterpiece of her dad in 40 minutes.
— Gisela (@villa_gisela) August 2, 2016
“He was aware of what I was going to do because he had seen it on me so many times… Until I put fake eyelashes on him, he was like ‘I can’t open my eyes!’ He probably thought I wasn’t going to go that far, but I did,” she said.
When her father finally saw himself in the mirror, he couldn’t help but laugh. "Oh, you’re so crazy," he told his daughter. He wanted his family to have in on the fun and giggles, so he decided to take a stroll outside, where his wife and kids were hanging out.
“Once I was done, he went to show my mom and said, ‘Look at me, do I look beautiful now?’ My mom laughed, then he asked, ‘Can you give me a kiss?’ She said, ‘No! You’re wearing lipstick!’ She laughed because she was so surprised.”
While many of the comments on Villa’s photo of her dad were homophobic and femmephobic, she did receive some affirming remarks as well.
This, my fellow followers, is a man who is secure in his masculinity and recognizes that makeup has no gender. https://t.co/BIQeCOduWN
— MR (@mannyslays) August 2, 2016
Villa adds: “If a guy wants to wear makeup, he should be able to wear makeup as much as any girl. Makeup comes off. There’s no rules to makeup.”