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This Buddhist Monk Is A Celebrity Makeup Artist And His Instagram Is Fierce As Hell

Meet Kodo Nishimura, Japan's badass makeup monk.

Posted on January 19, 2017, at 9:33 p.m. ET

Kodo Nishimura is a 26-year-old Buddhist monk from Tokyo. He completed his training and officially became a monk in 2015, but...

Courtesy of Kodo Nishimura

...he also leads a double life as a makeup artist whose clients include the Miss Universe Pageant. Nishimura told BuzzFeed News he decided to start doing makeup when he helped a friend with her makeup and saw how happy it made her.

Buddhist monks are taught not to dress lavishly, and he said he did experience a period of doubt about being both a makeup artist and a monk.

But his mentor supported him, telling him, “It isn’t wrong if it helps you deliver your message to people," Nishimura said.

Nishimura also came out publicly as LGBTQ in a photo shoot for Out in Japan.

Courtesy of Kodo Nishimura

“When I participated in the ‘Out in Japan’ photo shoot, I met a lot of transgender people. Many of them weren’t familiar with makeup, so I wished I could give them advice," he said.

After working with Out in Japan, Nishimura started holding free makeup seminars for Japan’s LGBT community.

“As a Buddhist monk, I want everyone to live happily in harmony. I believe makeup is one of the tools to make yourself happy, and if you’re happy, it becomes easier to be kind to others. In that sense, I think it’s a good link," he said.

Courtesy of Kodo Nishimura

This post was translated from Japanese.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.