Giselle Loren "Gigi" Lazzarato (born Gregory Allan Lazzarato), better known as Gigi Gorgeous, is a Canadian actress, model, internet personality, and makeup artist. She is noted for publicly coming out as a transgender woman, and maintaining her public image and YouTube channel throughout and after her transition. Along with being an internet personality, Lazzarato has additionally appeared on a number of television shows including Access Hollywood, Good Work, and Project Runway: All Stars, along with starring as herself in the popular online reality show The Avenue for three years. Lazzarato made her acting debut in 2013 on The Insider and has after gone on to star in three short films.
Lazzarato is the child of David and Judith Lazzarato (née Belding). She was assigned male at birth. Her family consists of Italian, Lebanese and French heritage and she was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. She has two brothers, Adam and Cory Lazzarato.
As a young adult, Lazzarato was a nationally ranked diving champion. She attended Iona Catholic Secondary School and attended George Brown College. At George Brown, she studied fashion, but eventually left the college to focus on her YouTube career. Her mother, Judith, died of leukemia on February 3, 2012, at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto.
2008–14: career beginnings
Prior to her transition, Lazzarato was known as Gregory or Greg, and operated a makeup tutorial YouTube channel that was started in 2008. At the time, she identified as a homosexual male. Since her transition, her YouTube channel started to include more vlogs, fashion, and lifestyle videos. In January 2015, her YouTube channel reached over one million subscribers and over 130 million views.
Lazzarato has appeared on Project Runway: All Stars and E! Celebrity Style Story and has been featured on additional YouTube celebrity's channels. She was awarded the LogoTV Trailblazing Social Creator Award in 2014 for her advocacy on behalf of LGBT youth. She frequently attends BeautyCon conventions to meet with fans and sit in on panels about makeup techniques and the cosmetics industry. She modelled for designer Marco Marco, and walked in the 2014 and 2015 Marco Marco Fashion Shows.
2015–present: breakthrough and film career
Lazzarato has used her internet celebrity status to bring awareness to transgender issues, the LGBT community, and anti-bullying. Her image was featured in a montage of transgender celebrities in the ABC 20/20 documentary about Caitlyn Jenner's transition.
In early 2015, Lazzarato starred in fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson's debut short film "I Hate Myselfie" as Amber. She said she looked to Rachel McAdams' portrayal of Regina George while playing Amber. She has after reprised her role as Amber in I Hate Myselfie's sequel. In May, it was announced that Lazzarato would be partnering with Crest Canada to be the face of the new Crest 3D White Brilliance Line.
In June 2015, it was announced that Lazzarato had teamed up with singer Miley Cyrus and had joined Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation's Marie Claire "#InstaPride" campaign. The campaign included a series of photos and an announcement by Cyrus that she and Lazzarato were working on a secret project. The project later turned out to be a spread in American magazine Marie Claire featuring them both. Lazzarato signed a partnership with 'Too Faced Cosmetics' in which she starred in the cosmetic commercial film "Better Than Sex" which premiered on July 9, 2015. At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards Lazzarato, along with a group of drag queens, introduced Miley Cyrus for her debut performance of Dooo It! from Cyrus's new album Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz.
In September, 2015, Lazzarato had a two-page spread in People magazine. She appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a special guest that same month. Lazzarato was featured in Kylie Jenner's app "Kylie" where she filmed several make up tip videos. On September 18, she won the Streamy Award for "Best Beauty Series". It was announced on October 7 that Lazzarato would star in Adam Lambert's video for his song "Another Lonely Night".
Lazzarato announced that she was a transgender woman in December 2013. Since then she has undergone electrolysis, tracheal shave, hormone replacement therapy, facial feminization surgery, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation. She legally had her name changed to Gigi Loren Lazzarato on March 8, 2014.
|Indicates a film or show appearance that hasn't yet been released.|
|I Hate Myselfie||Amber||Michael J. Gallagher||Short film|||
|Better Than Sex||Gigi||Short film|||
|I Hate Myselfie 2||Amber||Michael J. Gallagher||Short film|||
|2010||MTV'S The After Show|||
|The Avenue||21 episodes|
|2012||The Campus||7 episodes|
|Celebrity Style Story||5 episodes|
|2013||The Listener||Episode: "The Blue Line"|||
|Project Runway All Stars||Episode: "#Nina'sTrending"|||
|Shane and Friends||Episode: "Gigi Gorgeous"|
|PopSugar TV||Episode: "Talks Beauty Tips and Fashion At BeautyCon LA"|
|2015||About Bruce||TV Special|
|Access Hollywood||3 episodes|
|MTV Video Music Award||Award ceremony|
|VH1's Streamy Awards||Award ceremony|
|FOX News||1 episode|||
|The Marco Marco Show||3 episodes|
|Beauty TV||Episode: "Glowing with Gigi Goregous|
|Bro'Laska||Episode: "Cory's Tips for Getting Swole"|
|What's Trending||Episode: "Gigi Gorgeous Talks Trans Rights and LGBT Equality"|||
|Help, My Face Is Fucked!||2 episodes|
|PerezHiltonTV||Episode: "Behind The Scenes of Gigi Gorgeous' Photoshoot"|
|GLSEN Respect Awards||Award ceremony|
|2016||Gigi Gorgeous's Love Letter|
|2015||"Another Lonely Night"||Adam Lambert||Lead|
|2014||Trailblazing Social Creator||Logo TV Awards||Won|
|2015||Best Beauty Series||The Streamy Awards|