Kodo Nishimura

Kodo Nishimura

Makeup Artist / Buddhist Monk

Kodo Nishimura

Kodo Nishimura is a makeup artist, Buddhist monk, and LGBTQ activist. He grew up in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo. At the age of 18, he moved to the US. and later graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York. He started his makeup career in NY and his makeup work has appeared in national shows such as Miss Universe. In 2015, he completed his two-year Buddhist Monk training in Tokyo. As an LGBTQ activist, he has spoken at the United Nations Population Fund, TEDx, and Microsoft. He was featured in “Queer Eye” in 2019. His book This Monk Wears Heels will debut in February of 2022 from Watkins Publishing. His mission is to empower all people with Buddhist teachings with a touch of makeup.