Giselle Loren "Gigi" Lazzarato (born Gregory Allan Lazzarato), better known as Gigi Gorgeous,[2] 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 during and after her transition.[3][4] Along with being an internet personality, Lazzarato has also 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 since gone on to star in three short films.

Early life

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.[5] She has two brothers, Adam and Cory Lazzarato.

As a young adult, Lazzarato was a nationally ranked diving champion.[6] She attended Iona Catholic Secondary School[7] 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.[8]


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.[9] Since her transition, her YouTube channel started to include more vlogs, fashion, and lifestyle videos.[10] In January 2015, her YouTube channel reached over one million subscribers and over 130 million views.[11]

Lazzarato has appeared on Project Runway: All Stars and E! Celebrity Style Story and has been featured on other 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.[12] She modeled for designer Marco Marco, and walked in the 2014 and 2015 Marco Marco Fashion Shows.[13]

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.[14][15] Her image was featured in a montage of transgender celebrities in the ABC 20/20 documentary about Caitlyn Jenner's transition.[16][17]

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 since 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.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[3] She appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a special guest that same month.[3] Lazzarato was featured in Kylie Jenner's app "Kylie" where she filmed several make up tip videos.[3] On September 18, she won the Streamy Award for "Best Beauty Series".[3] It was announced on October 7 that Lazzarato would star in Adam Lambert's video for his song "Another Lonely Night".[3][3]

Personal life


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.[3] She legally had her name changed to Gigi Loren Lazzarato on March 8, 2014.[2]

In a September 2015 issue of People Magazine, Lazzarato credited transgender model and performing artist, Amanda Lepore and her mother's death for sparking her transition.[3]



daggerIndicates a film or show appearance that has not yet been released.
I Hate Myselfie
AmberMichael J. GallagherShort film[29]
Better Than SexGigiShort film[30]
I Hate Myselfie 2AmberMichael J. GallagherShort film[31]


2010MTV'S The After Show[4]
The Avenue21 episodes
2012The Campus7 episodes
Celebrity Style Story5 episodes
2013The ListenerEpisode: "The Blue Line"[29]
Project Runway All StarsEpisode: "#Nina'sTrending"[29]
2014TrailblazersAward ceremony[29]
Shane and FriendsEpisode: "Gigi Gorgeous"
PopSugar TVEpisode: "Talks Beauty Tips and Fashion At BeautyCon LA"
2015About BruceTV Special
Good Work[29]
Access Hollywood3 episodes
Daily Share[4]
MTV Video Music AwardAward ceremony
Entertainment Tonight
VH1's Streamy AwardsAward ceremony
FOX News1 episode[4]
The Marco Marco Show3 episodes
Beauty TVEpisode: "Glowing with Gigi Goregous
Bro'LaskaEpisode: "Cory's Tips for Getting Swole"
What's TrendingEpisode: "Gigi Gorgeous Talks Trans Rights and LGBT Equality"[4]
Help, My Face Is Fucked!2 episodes
PerezHiltonTVEpisode: "Behind The Scenes of Gigi Gorgeous' Photoshoot"
GLSEN Respect AwardsAward ceremony
2016Gigi Gorgeous's Love Letter

Music videos

2015"Another Lonely Night"Adam LambertLead


2014Trailblazing Social CreatorLogo TV Awards
2015Best Beauty SeriesThe Streamy Awards