Is Justin Bieber wearing makeup? Do we care?
A few years back Justin Bieber was busking on a street in Canada. Now he's launching branded products lines (nail polish and a unisex fragrance), written a gushy, photo-filled memoir and is on tap to host a reincarnated "Punk'd" for MTV.
He's also, this week, appearing on the cover of Brazilian teen mag Todateen in what appears to be lipstick and totally smoked out eyes. That, coupled with the strategically mussed mop top gives Bieber more the air of a young Natalie Portman or Hilary Swank than, umm, a young Justin Bieber. But did he really wear makeup for the shoot? Since I don't speak or read Portuguese I asked my friend Genilson Brandao, possibly D.C.'s best-dressed resident and originally from Brazil, to translate the accompanying text.
According to Genilson, the mag claims to have a spread of over 70 photos of the Bieb, "including 10 poster-sized photos and shirtless shots." Ick.
There is also a note from the editors in response to criticism of the cover shot. They claim the photo was not altered in any way, but fail to mention whether or not he was actually wearing makeup. Bieber, they added, is super-handsome naturally and they see no need to alter any photo of
I could get all super-snarky here, but I'd rather open up a discussion about what image Bieber, or his management/parents, is trying to project. And whether a 16-year-old boy wearing makeup and appearing (if it's true) "shirtless" is of as much concern as Miley Cyrus's new mature (read: scantily-clad) persona or the "Glee"/GQ photo spread kerfuffle.
I'm interested in your take. Comment below and we'll check back throughout the day to keep the conversation going.
More about the Bieb:
In August, the Bieb was beaned with a water bottle.
In September, Bieber avoided a water balloon-related arrest.
Also in September, Bieber was rumored to have speculated that he is "the Kurt Cobain of my generation."
Earlier this month, Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent read selections from Bieber's memoir in a video that went mildly viral.
| October 27, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories: Celebrities, Justin Bieber
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