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Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star
Jeffree Star 2018.png
Star in 2018
Born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger
(1985-11-15) November 15, 1985 (age 32)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Residence Calabasas, California, U.S.[1]
Occupation
  • Internet celebrity
  • makeup artist
  • entrepreneur
  • musician
Years active 2003-present
Nathan Schwandt (2015-present)
Website jeffreestar.com

Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger; November 15, 1985) is an American Internet celebrity, makeup artist, entrepreneur, and musician. He is the founder and owner of cosmetic company Jeffree Star Cosmetics.

By 2006, Star had become the most followed person on MySpace. He frequently used the platform to promote his music career. In 2009, Star released his first and only studio album, Beauty Killer (2009), which featured songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music. In 2010, he signed to Akon--who described Star as "the next Lady Gaga"--with plans to release a second album. However, it was never released and Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 under unclear circumstances.

The following year, he founded cosmetics company Jeffree Star Cosmetics and later began promoting the brand on YouTube, where he has 9 million subscribers and over 1 billion views as of 2018.

Early life

Star was born in Orange County, California.[2] His father committed suicide when Star was 6 years old and he subsequently was raised solely by his mother, a model who frequently went on assignments. As a child, Star began regularly experimenting with his mother's makeup and convinced her to let him wear it to school when he was in junior high.[3] He moved to Los Angeles following his graduation from high school, supporting himself with various makeup, modeling, and music jobs.[4][5] He later recalled spending his time on weekends "using a fake ID to attend Hollywood clubs dressed in mini dresses and nine inch high heels, where celebrities would contract [Star] for makeup work at their homes".[6] Star reports that his weekend socializing at clubs and the makeup advice he offered eventually led to his modeling career.[6]

Career

MySpace

Star in December 2007

Star used popular social networking website Myspace to further both his music as well as fashion design career.[10] He also used Myspace for blogging about his life, while making social commentary on "self-image and confidence",[11] fame, beauty, and life. Star had built up a fan base on several websites but convinced many to join him on Myspace, giving his profile a large number of followers from the beginning. His Myspace photoshoots would frequently get over 50,000 comments when posted.[3] Star also gained fame as one of the most popular independent artists, with the daily rankings placing him in the top tier on Myspace.[12]

Music career

Star's music career as an electronica and pop vocalist began when he befriended Peaches' drummer Samantha Maloney, who encouraged him to make music.[3] During the summer of 2007, Star was advertised as a part of the True Colors Tour 2007,[13] which traveled through 15 cities in the United States and Canada.[14] The tour, sponsored by the LGBT Logo channel, began on June 8, 2007 to coincide with Pride month.[14]

Star released his first and only studio album Beauty Killer in 2009, which peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart.[15] The album featured songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music. In 2010, he signed to Akon--who described Star as "the next Lady Gaga"--with plans to release a second album. However, it was never released and Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 under unclear circumstances. He later described signing to Akon's record label as "the biggest mistake I've ever made."[16]

He appeared in the second version of Kesha's music video "Take It Off" in 2010.[17] Star has worked with several other musical performers, including Blood on the Dance Floor, Deuce,[18]Millionaires,[19] and Larry Tee.[20]

Jeffree Star Cosmetics

In 2014, Star founded his e-commerce makeup brand Jeffree Star Cosmetics using his life savings.[21] He started making videos promoting the brand on YouTube, where he subsequently became a popular YouTuber and gained 9 million subscribers and over 1 billion views as of 2018.[22]Bustle magazine has described Star as "a musician and onetime Myspace celeb that reinvented himself in the YouTube makeup tutorial space."[23] His first release was velour liquid lipsticks which were followed by highlighter palettes, lip scrubs, eye shadow palettes, clothing, and accessories, such as mirrors and make up bags. Star now focuses on his makeup line along with other business ventures.

Personal life

Star resides in Calabasas, California with his boyfriend, Nathan Schwandt.[24][25]

Discography

References

  1. ^ "Calabasas". Jeffree Star Cosmetics. 
  2. ^ "About". Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ a b c d Immediato, Linda (May 9, 2007). "Jeffree Star - The fairest one of all". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "LAist Interview: Jeffree Star". laist. March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ "SOME TRUTH FOR YOU..." Buzznet. Jeffree Star's Official Website. Archived from the original on May 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Star, Jeffree (July 20, 2007). "Jeffree Star's MySpace profile". MySpace. Archived from the original on September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jeffree Star - tickets, tour dates, news". Allgigs.co.uk. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ Bolter, Helen (November 29, 2007). "Let's Talk About C*NT! - Jeffree Star". Gigwise. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ Haglund, David. "Tila Tequila, the first star of MySpace. - Slate Magazine". Slate.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ [3][7][8][9]
  11. ^ Emonds, Craig (April 2, 2007). "MySpace continues to expedite music careers". South End Newspaper. Retrieved 2007. [dead link]
  12. ^ Weiner, Jonah (April 11, 2006). "Tila Tequila for President". Slate. Retrieved 2006. 
  13. ^ Naff, Lycia (June 23, 2007). "Britney to Join Cyndi Lauper's Tour for Surprise Show - Britney Spears". People.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Wayback.archive.org. September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "Jeffree Star Chart History". 
  16. ^ "Jeffree Star - Shane And Friends". 
  17. ^ Lecaro, Lina. "Which Flamboyant LA Underground Characters Are Infiltrating the Mainstream? And Which One is the Next Cross(dressing)over Star?". www.laweekly.com. LA Weekly. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "Deuce Nine Lives". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2013. 
  19. ^ "Review:Millionaires Ft. Jeffree Star - Catch Me If You Can (Single)". Hit The Floor Magazine. April 4, 2011. Retrieved 2013. 
  20. ^ "Larry Tee Club Badd review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013. 
  21. ^ "Meet the Real Jeffree Star: "I'm in a Different Place. I'm Growing Up."". Cosmopolitan. 
  22. ^ "About jeffreestar". YouTube. 
  23. ^ "When Is Jeffree Star's Beauty Killer Eyeshadow Palette Coming Out? You Can Buy It On This Date". Bustle. 
  24. ^ Star, Jeffree. "Boyfriend Q&A: Part 1". 
  25. ^ Star, Jeffree. "Boyfriend Q&A: Part 2". 

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