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The Kevyn Aucoin Documentary Is Finally Happening

Fourteen years ago, the world lost one of the most talented makeup artists ever to have lived. Kevyn Aucoin was a small-town kid from Lafayette, Louisiana, who moved to New York City in the early ’80s with a dream, a portfolio, and an incredible work ethic. Less than a decade later, his work was appearing in magazines, including a Linda Evangelista cover for this magazine in its inaugural year. Commanding unprecedented rates, he counted Cher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Janet Jackson among his loyal clients, wrote three New York Times best-selling makeup books, and launched an eponymous makeup line. And then, as quickly as he had come on the scene, in May 2002 Aucoin passed away from complications of a brain tumor. At last, the unparalleled legend will be commemorated in film, in Larger Than Life, The Kevyn Aucoin Story.

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“I began my career in film as a makeup artist, and I met Kevyn while he was filming an episode of Sex and the City,” Tiffany Bartok, the director of the Kevyn Aucoin documentary and a former makeup artist who knew him, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was a fan, and his work greatly inspired my own. As a filmmaker, researching his personal and professional life, I became fascinated by its layers and complexities.”

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The Kevyn Aucoin documentary will highlight the fashion heyday of the ’90s, when Aucoin was working with mega supermodels Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista and transforming runway beauty culture into an international business. It will also feature intimate interviews with his friends, family, and colleagues. “Kevyn was equal parts artist and activist who inspired and challenged all who knew him to use their platforms for greater good,” Turlington told The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will also look at the success of Aucoin’s business, his family background as an adopted child, and the bullying he faced from coming out as gay at a young age. The film, which Cinetic Media is introducing to potential buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival, is currently in postproduction. In the meantime, did we mention how much we love

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