Kodo Nishimura is a global makeup artist and a certified Buddhist Monk. He grew up in ever-changing Tokyo, in a serene Buddhist temple. At the age of 18, he moved to the United States and graduated from Parsons The School of Design in NY majoring in Fine Arts. In 2015, he completed his two-year Buddhist Monk training in Tokyo. In 2017, he sought to further his classical training by enrolling at Makeup Desigonory in LA.
His story as a makeup artist and a monk is celebrated globally including The Times Newspaper, BBC, CNN, NHK, and VOGUE. As a model, he modeled for Shu Uemura campaign and walked the runway for Kansai Yamamoto during Shibuya Fashion Week 2021. He received WWD JAPAN Next Fashion Leader Award 2021. He gave lectures at TEDx Waseda U, Yale University, Stanford University, Microsoft, Facebook, P&G, and UNFPA. He was featured in "QUEER EYE” on NETFLIX in 2019. His book in English "This Monk Wears Heels" is scheduled to out in February of 2022 from Watkins Publishing UK.
His makeup work has appeared in national shows such as Miss Universe, The View and commercials for Toyota and Listerine. His magazine credits include Nylon, LA Weekly, Men's Health, Esquire, and the cover of Life & Style Magazine. He has done makeup for Chloe x Halle, Christina Milian, Carson Kressley, Halima Aden, Jeanie Mai, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, and Olympic gold medalist Daisuke Takahashi.
He is also passionate about education and he has taught numerous seminars including free LGBTQ+ friendly makeup classes. His mission is to empower all people of all gender using makeup skills with a modern take of Buddhism.