Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: The Beauty of Pride 2022

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”- Anónimo

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Representation of diversity in the beauty industry + advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community is something we are deeply passionate about here at BELLA. You would think that in this day and age, showing up for our fellow Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual colleague, family member, and friend should be second nature. Until we get there, and in the hopes we’ve helped make a change in this industry, I am thrilled to bring you the second edition of our Beauty of Pride Issue.

“And Just Like That” is why Mario Cantone is on our cover! What a gracious, kind, and funny (of course) human! Read his interview with Jonathan Calixto on pages 54-58.

We also “Get to Know” a fabulous queer personality, Dianna Agron, on pages 46-51.

Each issue of BELLA is jam-packed with fabulous content + resources for you to live your most beautiful life, and travel is slowly coming back. Check out my road trip to DELAMAR in West Hartford, CT, on pages 52-53.

As Lin-Manuel Miranda said, “Love is love, is love is love…” I hope you see that reflected in each of these pages.

From our hearts to yours, enjoy!

Vanessa Coppes


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