June is Pride Month. And after a few uncertain years of lockdown, this month’s celebrations are sure to be louder and prouder than ever before. No, ENVY won’t be selling rainbow-colored wigs! But as a diverse company with deep ties to the LGBTQ+ community, the notions of “empowerment” and “confidence” that are at the heart of the brand take on even greater meaning this month.
“No one should be denied self-confidence,” says Designer & CEO, Alan Eaton. “It’s what the brand is built on.” And there are numerous features that let you make each wig your own—including Lace Front technology that creates the most natural look hairline available, flexible Ear Tabs for a secure, custom fit, and ENVY’s exclusive EnvyHair blend (which offers the same stylability as natural hair).
With the stigma attached to wigs all but gone, ENVY’s tagline Live your Hair to the Fullest™ is a call-to-action for wig-wearers to embrace life, stand tall, and be their best selves. In the 50+ years since the Stonewall Riots (which June’s festivities commemorate) we’ve seen the stigma surrounding LGBTQ+ people fade, as well. (Funny that “Go Wig or Go Home” is one of this Pride’s hottest T-shirts.)
Now as then, allyship remains the simplest way to support the community, and its many forms include:
- Educating yourself
- Not stereotyping
- Being inclusive
- Speaking up
- Supporting LGBTQ+ businesses
- Attending community events
- Offering to inform other friends and family
- Being vocal about your allyship
- Not questioning their identity
- Not invalidating their experiences
- Not asking intrusive questions
Research shows that we’re “relational beings” who thrive on the affirmation we get from one another. Making a difference in the life of someone who feels marginalized starts with just “showing up.”
“You look ridiculous if you dance. You look ridiculous if you don’t dance. So, you might as well dance,” Gertrude Stein once said. With music at the heart of any Pride event, we’re sure to see a lot of dancing. “It’s about freedom and self-expression,” Alan says. “And when friends and family join in the celebration, it’s hugely affirming to those in the community.”
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