This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous — Documentary Review
By Joshua Wood
Gigi Gorgeous is a transgender woman whose real name is Gigi Lazzarato. The documentary is about her life as she transitioned from being a champion diver to a role model for the LGBTQ+ community. In 2008 prior to her transition, she was known as Gregory Gorgeous on YouTube. There, her posted makeup tutorials and talked about her thoughts on life, eventually coming out as gay to all of her followers. It wasn’t until after her mother died of leukemia in 2012 that she decided to come out as transgender to her family and followers on YouTube, beginning her transition to a woman.
The documentary takes the viewer through her life and her transitioning process, taking YouTube videos that she’s posted which have documented her life from 2008 up until now. As her online popularity and her subscriber count skyrocketed, she began to do more than just makeup tutorials; she’s done vlogging, fashion, and lifestyle videos. In January 2015, her YouTube channel reached over one million subscribers and over 130 million views.
Her presence on YouTube has inspired others in the LGBTQ+ community to come out to their families. Saying it’s alright to be comfortable in your own skin, many telling Gigi that after seeing her videos they’ve begun their own transitions into being the person they desire, which Gigi heavily encourages to her fans. The documentary is a brief and condensed version of what Gigi has spent her whole life preaching and telling her audiences, that it doesn’t matter what others think of you as long as you love yourself.
Many have found the documentary to be inspirational and feel that it helps normalize the trans community to people who either don’t understand what being transgender is or don’t respect trans people as actual people. Along with her transition process, the documentary goes into the family issues such as coming out to her parents, not just about her sexuality but coming out as transgender.
This documentary is only available on YouTube Red which is a paid subscription. However, YouTube Red has a one-month free trial. If you plan on using the free trial or already have the paid subscription, I recommend this documentary especially if you have questions or interest in the LGBTQ+ community.