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Latin Pride Series: Meet Papi Kunno, the amazing Mexican influencer who hopes to ‘open doors and minds’ with his music and fashion

Papi Kunno sashayder down the streets of Tel Aviv, wearing a flowing orange print trouser suit, his long, long green nails glistening in sunlight. Every few minutes, he is stopped for photography, by fans who recognize him, and by passers-by who are struck by his carefully curated gaze.

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The 22-year-old Mexican influencer has amassed over 26 million followers on TikTok and nearly 6 million on Instagram, thanks to his flamboyant and accessible persona – and a host of wheels where he shows dance moves that change with his makeup, hair and outfits , and where he advocates self-love and acceptance.

Kunno (real name Kunno Olivo) is in Israel as part of his Pride Monthly itinerary where he has been invited by latin-The Israeli group Fuente Latina participates in the Tel Aviv parade. On June 25, he will also be part of Mexico City’s Pride Parade, though he’s reading new music, including a new single with Trixy Star. The couple plans to film the video in Cuba, which is not known as a special refuge for the LGBQT community – a move that is part of Kunno’s quest to “open doors and minds” with his rude self-expression.

“Through my music and my fashion, and by being in places and events where people like me were not seen before, I push others to take the plunge and eliminate labels from their lives,” he says, showing impressive impressions to anyone. , his age.

Do not be fooled by the beaten eyelashes or the deep necklines: Kunno is very aware of the effect of his words and his appearance. To celebrate Pride Month, he says Billboard how his nails have become a transforming superpower.

How have you helped create tolerance in your genre?

I have always found a way to show people that with full love you can live as happily as possible. My mom has always loved me and made me feel comfortable with who I am. So this is what I show in my social media and my daily work: I am myself, and that way I can find opportunities to live my life the way I want. Also, many children and parents from my community turn to me because they want advice regarding their children and how they can defend their families without conflicts in our community.

Can you give me an example?

I am a child of divorced parents. And many mothers, like mine, whose children [are queer] tell me that in school teachers do not support [their children] or want to change them. My point is, do not allow it. Do not let your child think that something is wrong [with them]. He was born this way and all he wants is love. This is not a disease or a hair color you can just change. It is something we carry in our hearts. Defend your child. Defend him.

My mother was literally always between the rock and hard – and even though thousands of people told us I was a broken child and she was not enough and I needed a strong father figure, that is not the case. This is how I have promoted tolerance among thousands of families and mothers.

How have you, as a queer artist, helped to transform your genre?

The most important thing I have done to date is to dare to 100% eliminate labels, not only from clothes and makeup, but also from my attitude and my music. When we buy clothes, we cut the marks off. I feel we need to do the same with absolutely everything. Through my music and my fashion, and by being in places and events where people like me were not seen before, I pressure others to take the plunge and eliminate labels from their lives.

I also made this part of my music from day one. I can sing for a man or for a woman, or I can simply express my sexuality. I also open doors and minds with the outfits I wear to red carpets and events and videos. Here I am, 100% representing my community, my country, my colors.

How did acceptance of your queer identity affect your craft?

It was very hard because I came from a very close-knit community. But my mother always said to me, “I know who you are. Dare to show who you are.” One day I took the plunge. I wanted long nails. I started using more extravagant makeup because I wanted to, but it had been afraid of being judged or criticized. But I feel that when I accepted myself, then accepted people me too.I know there are positive and negative comments [about me], but in relation to both work and love, being myself has helped me achieve happiness and love. I love to wear makeup, and dresses and skirts, but I also love to go in jeans and a really well-cut men’s set.

Does it affect your music?

Absolutely. My nails and my outfits are my superpower. They give me the strength. It’s like Wonder Woman’s armor and lasso. I go to the studio and videos and I have my nails and I feel like I can do anything. Sometimes I even record with the outfit I’m wearing in the video so I can really get into the song. I like that a lot of artists who may not have had this mindset before see me and invite me to their videos and open the doors to their fans and their music.

What is your all-time favorite Pride song and why?

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Britney Spears’ “I Wanna Go” and “Hold It Against Me”. All three strengthen me. These are the ones I listen to in the shower so I can face the world with a smile.

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