Know Your Judges: Janet Mock

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Who she is: A prominent advocate for trans women's rights, Mock is also a New York Times best-selling author, host of MSNBC's weekly culture show So Popular!, and contributing editor at Marie Claire.
What she brings to the table: As a media-facing writer and TV host, Mock invests time and energy in aesthetics daily and views beauty as one gateway to confidence, identity, and power. She's a brown-skinned girl with natural hair who is always on the hunt for the perfect curly product, red lipstick, and golden highlighting powder.
Best beauty tip: "My top secret to voluminous curls? Maintain a light hand when it comes to products. Don't overdo the creams and conditioners — products weigh your curls down. Invest in a volumizing mousse (place on the roots of your crown) and a diffuser (flip your head upside-down and crunch!) to pump up the volume."
We asked Mock to share her top confidence-boosting beauty products. Click through to discover them!

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