Hello Guys my name is Anttoni Lopez and I am the CEO of Alpha Male Cosmetics the first full line of makeup on the market for men.
What brought you into the world of makeup?
We will have to travel back in time to answer this one. Over 12 years ago, I first began wearing makeup to cover bruises and unsightly scars from an abusive relationship. I never wanted anyone to know what I was victim to domestic violence let alone using makeup to mask it. During that time Alpha Male Cosmetics was not even a thought in my mind. I was determined to keep it secret. I was only subjected to products that were currently on the market, which 100% were catered to women. My skin did not take well to most of these products and that is when I had my EUREKA! moment. I realized the cosmetic industry had been monopolized towards women only. It was time to create a product line that spoke directly to men and men alone. Alpha Male Cosmetics was birthed with full intention to market the everyday man. Offering a series of products that any man could relate to. The name Alpha Male is meant for the consumer to have self recognition and as a result become instantly engaged.
What was one of your favorite appearances and why? One of my favorite appearances would have to be when I appeared on Wusa 9 news being interviewed about my makeup brand Alpha Male Cosmetics. It was the most amazing feeling I have ever felt. I felt accomplished in being able to spread the word about a new brand of makeup that is catered to men.
Who are some of your influences?
I can only answer this question in plural sense, as there are a few important people to mention. Starting with a couple celebrity influences, Nicki Minaj who reminds me to never
stop fighting for my dreams and my dear friend MJ Rodriguez who has shown me that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and keep the faith. Next, my parents (Arleen and Antonio Lopez) and my dear partner Michael Hollis. These three are by far my biggest career influences. My parents have been there from day 1, always pushing me and supporting all my ventures and different career paths. They keep me motivated to never give up and makes every failure feel like a success. I can never say thank you enough. My partner Michael has seen the struggle first hand. The handwork, the tears, the happiest of times and even the moments when I may have wanted to quit. Somehow he has a way of helping me see the best in the worst of situations. He has been my rock, my biggest cheerleader and only wishes the best of me and my endeavors. I am truly blessed to have these people supporting me throughout my journey.
Why do you think it is important to have representation in this industry?
The reason why I think it is important to have representation in this industry is because we all need someone to look up to and to be inspired by. We have to be the starting point for our young LGTBQ community. Showing them never to give up on your dreams and aspirations. Also don’t allow anyone to make you feel less then what you are because you’re beautiful in every way and you are loved. Be you!
What would you want to leave as your legacy?
I thought about this and heck I am still thinking about this. I want people to remember me as someone who decided to break barriers. Someone who took risk, wanted to make men feel that it’s okay to wear makeup, it’s ok to be yourself and Enhance your handsome. Someone who inspired anyone who felt they wanted to impress all aspects of beauty.
Who is someone that you would want to work with in the future?
Oh gosh... I mean there are so many people who I would love to work with. I mean I think I am excited to continue to allow God to let people fall into my life at the right time. Most of all the people I work with or have worked with have been brought to me in the time I was ready to receive that blessing, But if I had to pick someone it would be Ricky Martin and Elton John
Please tell us where to find you (IG FB etc) and what you are working on
So all my social media handles are Anttoni_lopez and AlphaMaleCosmetics across all platform and my website is Alphamalecosmetics.com
What I am working on is some tv appearances, photo shoots and big collaborations that I can say yet but trust me everyone is going to Gag “Gorge”