Rising Star

How glitter & lipstick helped make Spencer Claus into an internet star and queer hero

This profile is part of a series of posts about young LGBTQ activists out to make change in the 2018 Queerties category Up & Coming.

Spencer Claus loves all things make-up. The out social media star quickly became so good at face painting that the teen artist enlisted the help of his parents for some modeling shots back in 2016.

The images–along with his parents’ very game attitude–attracted international notice. Since then, he’s built on his reputation, providing make-up tutorials to his 25,000 Instagram followers, and using his profile to attract attention to good causes.

Those, of course, include queer and trans rights, and for related social justice movements such as #BlackLivesMatter.

Spencer also likes to show off his singing voice and love for musical theatre, recording YouTube videos of himself performing some of his favorite tunes.


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The future is bright, and not just because of the glitter eye shadow.

Vote for Spencer in the 2018 Queerty Awards here.