Video: Sephora Spotlights C.J.

Every year, Sephora brings its US store leaders together in Vegas for a week of inspiration, celebration and development. At this year’s Sephora Store Leadership Conference, executives shared the following video about our family to encourage Sephora cast members to “Be The Difference” in their stores, with clients and at home.

When our LGBTQ son was being relentlessly bullied at school, Sephora saved him.

I hope you’ll take time to watch the video. Let it inspire you to be the difference in someone’s life (and to shop at Sephora). And, remember, fearless is the new flawless.


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24 Responses to Video: Sephora Spotlights C.J.

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  2. words-that-stay says:

    I did, in fact, start shopping at Sephora purely because of how awesome they were and are to your family.

  3. Margaret says:

    Thank you for this post! Your son is amazing and what a great message. My own son loves all things sparkly and has lately been into makeup. I know nothing about makeup, I never took the time to learn. We went to our local Sephora last night and we were greeted by so many wonderful people! He showed off his new sparkly cat outfit and they gave him tips for picture day coming up (what colors to wear, what to stay clear of)- it wasn’t even about the makeup, just about being you! It was amazing and Your post gave me the courage to venture into their store with my creative son. We both walked out feeling great and I think we’re both signed up for their next “cat eye” class.

    • Ed says:

      So Happy to read your post and know both you and your son were feeling on top of the world after visiting Sephora. How old is he, just starting his teens? Monday was No-bullying day in schools in our town and the color for the day was blue…the color of peace. Awesome news.

  4. David Andrew Morse says:

    I’m glad to see CJ so happy. I also would be interested in how Chase is doing. So often when you have a younger sibling or one that stands out you can feel left out. But from everything I’ve read here Chase has been a wonderful big brother. He’s been shown to be very supportive, and loving.

  5. Jodi says:

    I love it. The only thing I wish is when you’re talking about family that his brother were included.

  6. Dawn Cooper says:

    This gives me hope that my son will find a place as accepting and supportive. He is 12 and has been afraid to go in public dressed as he wants to dress and wearing makeup. His makeup game is on point, btw! He teaches me things!!

  7. Craig says:

    I wear no makeup and my wife wears very little. She recently commented that she needs to update what she does have. I am going to suggest we swing by Sephora and see what they have.

  8. Kathleen says:

    What a wonderful video! I am so thankful for the support that Sephora gave to CJ and your family. I will make a point to stop in to a Sephora near us (I’ve never been to one before!) CJ you are an inspiration. 😀

  9. Lisa Allen says:

    That was awesome! Great job to all of you. I’m showing this to my 10 yo son who loves makeup and feels different. Maybe he’ll want to try Sephora for himself!

  10. ewiley0411 says:

    Amazing video and kudos to SEPHORA!!!!

  11. LoriTrow says:

    This was so wonderful to watch…heart warming! I love to hear stories of kindness and positive interaction. I am looking forward to hearing more about CJ and his quest to be amazing!

  12. cla517 says:

    I love “Fearless is the new Flawless!” Amazing. As if I didn’t already spend all my extra money at Sephora, CJ’s story just makes me want to spend even more. People need to support businesses who do the right thing.

  13. Cynthia Koch says:

    First, it broke my heart to hear CJ’s life had changed from being accepted for so many years to bullying. I’ve always loved CJ and have enjoyed reading the Raising My Rainbow blog. I too have a GLBTQ son. I am so glad CJ found his happy place with Sephora!! Their make up is incredible. I hope CJ continues to embrace his being difference until all these beautiful children become part of the norm and just accepted for their character like everyone else.♥️🌈

    • Dawn Cooper says:


      • Ed says:

        Hello this is why for the past 6 or 7 years I donate monthly to GLSEN. We have to keep our LGBTQ kids safe.
        This post from Sephora is an amazing start to hear directly from CJ, I’m so proud to be following Momma Lori’s Blog and to hear from CJ.
        Momma Lori can we get an update on how Chase is doing please.
        CJ you rock.

  14. Patti says:

    Absolutely wonderful! Way to go, Sephora!! And CJ, you are so pretty!!

  15. Monica says:

    Fearless is the new flawless! I love this! What a bright light that has come to your family!!!

  16. yaelleno says:

    He’s just a very special wonderful kid. Please don’t let him attend a school where he is bullied. May I suggest a hybrid school? There are several around LA and OC with cool classes and all are accepted! Why be stuck in a place with negativity?

  17. THE LAST FLYER says:

    “BRAVO ZULU” 🙂

  18. April Gill Gunter says:

    Yet another reason I love Sephora so much. Go CJ!

  19. Ed says:

    Awesome video and it was heart warming to see CJ so happy. It was also fantastic to not only see but hear CJ. He will be a person to be reckon with in a few years for the LGBTQ Community. So I wonder if GLSEN is on CJ’s list of future places to work at.
    Go out and conquer CJ…I’m routing for you. Your beyond amazing.

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