Wish List Wednesday #87: This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are by Kodo Nishimura

Posted January 26, 2022 by Angie in Wish List Wednesday / 0 Comments

Title: This Monk Wears Heels: Be Who You Are

Author: Kodo Nishimura

Release Date: February 8, 2022

Kodo Nishimura rose to fame following his appearance in Queer Eye: We’re in Japan. Now this celebrity make-up artist and ordained Buddhist monk shares his unique guide to positivity and self-acceptance. This is a practical guide that will appeal to an audience who will learn from the author’s path to self-love and resilience.

You won’t become the real you unless you face up to the thing that you’ve avoided most. Open your eyes to whatever it is you don’t want to see and change will come.

Kodo Nishimura, international make-up artist and Buddhist monk, rose to stardom after appearing in the Queer Eye: We’re In Japan! special that aired to massive viewership on Netflix. His wide smile, however, hid a painful past. The book starts with Kodo’s childhood in Japan, playing dress up as Little Mermaid, and his lonely adolescence when, although born into a family of priests, all he wanted to do was wear pretty dresses and become a princess. Growing up an outsider in a society that celebrates uniformity, Kodo’s time in New York at the Parsons School of Design and his work as a leading make-up artist finally brought him to embrace his own uniqueness.

The book is full of practical tips for positive thinking and insights into the philosophical approach to life Kodo has crafted as a Buddhist monk. Detailing his journey to self- love, the book provides a gentle, loving, and encouraging voice for all those who dare to be different.

I love self-help memoirs by interesting people! I haven’t watched Queer Eye, but I’m still very curious about this one!

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