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Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

November 26, 2017

 

 

"Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story” is a documentary about a makeup mogul

who disobeyed all the rules and created his own.

Powerful watch showing Kevyn’s rise to fame and his personal struggles,

as well as his unexpected death in 2002 at 40.   

 

 

Aucoin has been an inspiration for so many artists, and the latest story brings the audience a step closer to his life. 

 

He was brought up by adoptive parents in a small town in Louisiana. Kevyn knew he was gay by the age of 6,

and was always openly talking about his issues while growing up. '

 

'Kids threw rocks at me, told me I was ugly and left death threats in my locker,’ Kevyn stated to a Time Magazine reporter. 

 

His first models was his sister Carla, he experimented with makeup and picture taking on her since he was 11. 

 

Kevyn moved to New York with his boyfriend and manager Jed Root 1983.

He started working for free doing makeup on test shoots to help models built their portfolios,

up until he was discovered by Vogue, and got under Steven Meise’s wing.

 

They created more than 18 covers on that prestigious magazine. 

 

His career raised to the stars and he was working with celebrities such as

Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston, Cher, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson and many more. 

 

Aucoin was struggling with a rare condition called acromegaly, which is disorder that results from excess growth hormone.

He was in constant pain and began taking large amounts of prescribed and non-prescribed painkillers,

what eventually lead to his death in 2002. 

 

The movie was directed by Tiffany Bartok and premiered in October

at the 25th Hamptons International Film Festival.

Many friends and colleagues were featured, such as Cher, Naomi Campbell,

Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Isaac Mirzahi and many more. 

 

 

Text: Kornelija Slunjski

Photo: Aleksandra Markovic
Photo Source: Pinterest, KevynAucoin.com, Beautylish, Justin Teodoro

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