Beyond Lipstick is an online exploration of femme identity through the use of self-portraiture. We are collecting photographic self-portraits to create an online gallery exhibition to expose femme image and style to the LGBT community and world-at-large. We invite any self-identified woman, who identifies as a femme lesbian, is over 18 and is okay being publically identified as suchto contribute to this project. In this context, Femme refers to any lesbian or non-heterosexual woman who dresses and behaves in ways that are stereotypically feminine.

This project is undertaken by Connie Laalo (B. Des.), an MA Fashion candidate at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada).

Connie Laalo is a fashion warrior who works to challenge concepts of what clothing and fashion can do for individuals and the world we live in. She is passionate about personal empowerment through style and dress and fashion’s role as a tool for creative expression. Her past work has involved screenprinting and DIY textile design, adventures in lingerie production and costume design. She holds a Bachelor of Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Vancouver, BC) and has experience in many levels of the apparel industry. Connie is currently pursuing her Master of Art in Fashion at Ryerson University where she researches dress in the queer community in historical and contemporary perspectives. Her other work in the LGBTQ community includes: GenderFab, a series of workshops on sewing and alteration skills for Queer and Trans* youth and work at RyePRIDE, Ryerson Student Union's queer equity group.