Hera Navassardian was born for fashion. An only child, she was the sole beneficiary of her single mom’s impeccable sense of drama and beauty. “I grew up watching her with much admiration—she was always creating something beautiful with her hands, especially when it came to applying her makeup. I was fascinated by how she could change her looks on a daily basis.” Destined for the style scene, Navassardian began her beauty career in New York City as a model for Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene, Zandra Rhodes and many others. But she wasn’t just a pretty face; she created pretty faces as a makeup artist and stylist for leading brands like Chanel and Creed of London. Now, Navassardian owns the exclusive Klymaxx Unlimited boutique in Provincetown, a mecca for women’s accessories in addition to hair and makeup consultations for special occasions. “It gives me the greatest pleasure and fulfillment to make people look and feel beautiful,” she says. “I put my heart, soul, and experience into all my clients to help them achieve their dream look. It’s what I was made to do.”
Drum roll, please! We’re excited to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—our most diverse group of out entertainers, artists, athletes, activists, business principals and elected officials yet. Each of these women is a superstar in her own right. Their achievements and contributions shape our lives —and elevate us in the eyes of the world . They’re working to raise LGBT awareness, increase our visibility and quicken our progress toward a just society.
We are extremely proud to present the class of 2012. There are no rankings or numbers. They are all leaders.