Senior picture day is a rite of passage for teenagers around the world. It happens just once, so the pressure to get it right is real. Kevin Kodra, 18, wasn’t about to pass up this opportunity to get it right, even if that meant four hours of painstakingly applying the perfect face for the last photo he would take at Bishop Allen Academy in Toronto, Ontario.
Kodra talked with INSIDER about the process:
Throughout my high school career, my yearbook photos were always the ones that kids would laugh at when we would get the final yearbook at the end of the semester. I was tired of not feeling attractive.
The part-time makeup artist made sure this picture would look exactly how he wanted it.
When photo day came around, I knew I wanted to express myself to my full potential — so I did what makes me feel most glamorous: a bronzy, glowy look. I love using cream products for photos as it gives you a very skin-like look, but with maximum coverage.
Four hours later, here are the results:
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) May 2, 2018
Kodra refers to this as his “natural look,” and he chose it for a reason:
Honestly, this may sound ridiculous but I consider this my natural look. For me, this is quite normal and basic. I did this kind of look for my senior photo because it makes me feel more comfortable and glamorous.
For me, this photo isn’t just about the makeup, it goes much deeper than how pretty I look, or how symmetrical my eyebrows are. It’s very much about breaking the stigmas in today’s society about identity and sexuality.
With over 77,000 Instagram followers, Kodra is spreading a message of inclusion:
Although my job is to make people feel beautiful, my goal is to change the definition of ‘normal’ that many people have. Anyone can wear makeup. Of course, I feel on top of the world when I have a full face on, but I know that there are kids out there that don’t have the confidence that I do.
We’d say he’s doing a great job!
Mad skill even better than some women. props
— joel (@zelkp) May 4, 2018
Better than *most* women I’d say!
— Heather (@hmdoppelganger) May 4, 2018
My senior photo is josie grossie. This guys i wish my makeup back in high school was this good.
— pink diamond (@neldarr) May 4, 2018
Not everyone appreciated Kodra’s skills, but fans quickly shut down the haters:
imagine spending 4 hours just to look like a lesbian with a beard
— Mike Jones (@mike_jonesGB) May 4, 2018
Imagine spending your entire life just to look like an old ruffle chip
— snᴉɹɐW (@tightlikeim10) May 4, 2018
My wife could have done it in 2 hours. She’s amazing at applying makeup. #TheTruth however. He did a great job. If he wants to apply makeup for a school picture or for anything who cares? Let the kid be happy. #getoverit
— Joe Leffler (@JoeLeffler2) May 4, 2018
This is a wholesome tweet all around
— Finny [@ upside down lol u lost] (@finnykia) May 4, 2018
Check out some of Kodra’s other looks:
Still, we all have days when we can’t spend so much time in front of the mirror, right?
With or without makeup, Kodra is lovely:
— Simply Jess (@PurpleSerenity) May 4, 2018