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Gigi Gorgeous

Gigi Gorgeous

Giselle Loren Lazzarato[2][3] (born April 20, 1992),[3] known professionally as Gigi Gorgeous, is a Canadian YouTuber, socialite, actress, and model.

In 2008, Lazzarato began uploading video blogs onto streaming platform YouTube. Her videos achieved popularity and established an online following for her. During the following years, she uploaded regularly to her channel along with creating and starring in the reality program The Avenue (2011–13). Following a brief hiatus, Lazzarato gained media attention after coming out as a transgender woman in 2013.[4][5] During 2014, Lazzarato documented her transition through her social media profiles, notably through her videos revolving around her cosmetic procedures, which obtained viral status. In 2016, an incident involving Lazzarato being deported from Dubai, due to her status as a transgender woman, resulted in widespread media coverage. Lazzarato was the subject of This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (2017), a Barbara Kopple-directed documentary that followed her life during her transition. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to have a limited theatrical release and several accolades including a Streamy.

Besides her personality work, Lazzarato has dabbled in acting and modeling work. Her performance credits include starring in fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson's short film I Hate Myselfie (2015) and its sequel, along with guest appearances in television series Project Runway All Stars, Me and My Grandma, Good Work, and Trailblazers, amongst others. Through modeling, she has appeared on the covers of Paper and FASHION, been featured in spreads for Galore, Kode, Refinery29, and Out. and served as a frequent muse of August Getty Atelier.

Gigi Gorgeous
Gregory Allan Lazzarato

(1992-04-20)April 20, 1992[1]
Montréal, Québec, Canada
ResidenceLos Angeles, California,
United States
Other namesGigi Lazzarato
EducationIona Catholic Secondary School
Alma materGeorge Brown College (dropped out)
  • YouTuber
  • model
  • actress
Years active2008–present
AgentSelect Management Group (LA)
Spouse(s)Nats Getty (m. 2019)
YouTube information
Years active2008–present
  • Fashion
Subscribers2.91 million
Total views487.7 million
Play buttons
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers2014
Updated 23 September 2019

Early life

Lazzarato is the child of David, a business executive,[6] and Judith Lazzarato (née Belding). Her family consists of Italian, Lebanese, and French heritage and she was raised in the Roman Catholic faith.[1][7][8]

As a young adult, Lazzarato was a nationally ranked diving champion.[7][9][10] She attended St. Francis of Assisi School and later Mississauga's Iona Catholic Secondary School[11] 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.[12]


2008–13: Beginnings on YouTube

Prior to her transition, Lazzarato was known as Gregory or Greg, and operated a makeup tutorial YouTube channel that was started in 2008. She began her makeup channel while a ninth grader, when a friend mentioned seeing a makeup video by Michelle Phan on YouTube.[13] At the age of 19 she came out, identifying as a gay male.[14][15] Since her transition, her YouTube channel started to include more vlogs, fashion, and lifestyle videos.[16] In January 2015, her YouTube channel reached over one million subscribers and over 130 million views.[17]

2011–13: The Avenue

On January 18, 2011, Lazzarato announced The Avenue, a YouTube-based reality series that she stated she was going to star in. The show premiered on March 15 of that year on YouTube with distribution by Blip. On April 14, 2013 the show's last episode aired.

2014–16: Gender transition and appearances

Lazzarato has appeared on Project Runway: All Stars and E! Celebrity Style Story and has been featured on other YouTube celebrities' 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.[18] She modeled for designer Marco Marco, and walked in the 2014 and 2015 Marco Marco Fashion Shows.[19]

Lazzarato has used her internet celebrity status to bring awareness to transgender issues, the LGBT community, and anti-bullying.[20][21] Her image was featured in a montage of transgender celebrities in the ABC 20/20 documentary about Caitlyn Jenner's transition.[22][23]

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 in Mean Girls (2004), while playing Amber. She has since reprised her role as Amber in I Hate Myselfie's sequel.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26][27] 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.[28] She appeared on Entertainment Tonight as a special guest that same month.[29] Lazzarato was featured in Kylie Jenner's app "Kylie" where she filmed several make up tip videos.[30] On September 18, she won the Streamy Award for "Best Beauty Series".[31] It was announced on October 7 that Lazzarato would star in Adam Lambert's video for his song "Another Lonely Night".[32][33]

2016: Dubai incident

On August 9, 2016, Lazzarato was detained in the United Arab Emirates and had her passport taken by airport officials and immigration officers at the Dubai International Airport. She was denied entry in to Dubai for being a transgender woman, as the government does not recognize her gender as legitimate even though, according to Lazzarato, the gender on her passport states female and not male.[34] The "imitation of women by men" is illegal in the UAE, and violators can face up to a year in jail.[35] Lazzarato was released after spending over five hours being detained.[36][37]

The "#JusticeForGigi" hashtag surfaced on Twitter, with fans and supporters calling for Lazzarato's release and a reform in anti-LGBTQ laws.[38] It was not the first time a transgender person was detained in Dubai. In 2014, two Brazilian transgender women were also detained and had their passports taken.[39] Lazzarato, before leaving Dubai for Sweden, responded to the incident by calling for equality and legal protections for LGBTQ people.[40]

2017–present: Continued success, This is Everything

In January 2017, the documentary This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, starring Lazzarato, directed by Barbara Kopple premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.[41] On June 11, Gorgeous watched the documentary with Katy Perry on Perry's four-day livestream event, Katy Perry Live: Witness World Wide.

In June 2017, Lazzarato was named to the Time Magazine list of the 25 most influential people on the Internet.[42]

Personal life

Lazzarato, who had previously identified as bisexual,[43] came out as lesbian in a YouTube video on September 14, 2016.[44] Lazzarato is a practicing Roman Catholic and describes herself as religious.[45] Lazzarato was dating Nats Getty, an heiress and member of the Getty family.[46] In March 2018 Getty proposed to Lazzarato at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris.[47] On July 12, 2019 Lazzarato and Getty married in a private ceremony at Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California.[48]


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

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.[50]



daggerIndicates a film or show appearance that has not yet been released.
I Hate MyselfieAmberShort film[51]
Better Than SexGigiShort film[52]
I Hate Myselfie 2AmberShort film[53]
2017This is Everything: Gigi GorgeousHerselfDocumentary[41]


2009The Campus7 episodes
2010MTV'S The After Show[54]
The Avenue21 episodes
Celebrity Style Story5 episodes
2013The ListenerEpisode: "The Blue Line"[51]
Project Runway All StarsEpisode: "#Nina'sTrending"[51]
2014TrailblazersAward ceremony[51]
PopSugar TVEpisode: "Talks Beauty Tips and Fashion At BeautyCon LA"
2015About BruceTV Special
Good Work[51]
Access Hollywood3 episodes
Daily Share[55]
MTV Video Music AwardAward ceremony
Entertainment Tonight
VH1's Streamy AwardsAward ceremony
FOX News1 episode[56]
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"[57]
Help, My Face Is Fucked!2 episodes
PerezHiltonTVEpisode: "Behind The Scenes of Gigi Gorgeous' Photoshoot"
GLSEN Respect AwardsAward ceremony
2016Gigi Gorgeous's Love Letter
NightcapEpisode: "The Horny Host" as Herself[58]
American Music AwardsAward ceremony
2017Me and My GrandmaEpisode: "Elderboo"

Music videos

2015"Another Lonely Night"Adam LambertLead


2014Trailblazing Social CreatorLogo TV Awards
2015Best Beauty SeriesThe Streamy Awards
2017Youtuber of the YearShorty Awards
Best Collaboration
The YouTube Factory
(alongside Dwayne Johnson, Lilly Singh, Mark Edward Fischbach, Grace Helbig, Roman Atwood, Alex Wassabi, Lauren Riihimaki, Andrew Bachelor, Flula Borg, and Brittney Smith)


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