Location: Los Angeles
Book that changed your life: The Talented Tenth by W.E.B. Du Bois
Beauty product (or treatment) that changed your skin: Honestly, my own line MANTL. I needed products for people who are bald or balding, and I created ones that really work.
Podcast you can’t stop listening to: Under The Skin With Russell Brand. It’s so insightful.
Instagram account you love to follow: @TanFrance
On our ever-growing list of binge-worthy shows, Queer Eye is definitely at the top. One of the best parts of the show? The reassuring and encouraging presence of culture expert and life coach Karamo Brown. From supporting subjects with self-esteem issues to helping them build community, Karamo always knows just what to say to get to the core of an issue. Now with the launch of his new male beauty line MANTL, he’s hoping to extend his message of empowerment to bald and balding men, even offscreen.
Karamo’s message is perhaps so strong because of his own self-love journey. “My upbringing was great but odd because I was stuck in several worlds,” he says. “I was a Black kid in an all-white world; an American living in a Caribbean home; an openly gay man playing sports in a predominantly straight world. I learned very quickly how to love myself when others wouldn’t and how not to be ashamed of my identities.”
Ahead, we chatted with Karamo about his best mental health advice, embracing baldness, and how he defines beauty.