Face to Face: Jeffree Star
By Noah Michelson
Jeffree Star might be the most famous person you've never heard of. Unless you're one of the millions of people who have already stumbled onto his MySpace page, Twitter account, or any of his other assorted Internet properties and been mesmerized by his dirty mouth, shameless self-promotion, and aggro, in-your-face antics. The self-proclaimed "Queen of the Internet" began his bid for the spotlight when he was still in high school. The son of a model, Star wore his outrageous get ups to class and -- with the help of a fake ID -- Los Angeles's hottest night clubs, and soon he was doing makeup for celebrities like Kelly Osborne, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie, securing DJing gigs, and modeling. But it was after he converted his MySpace page into a music page -- featuring songs like "Cunt" and "Straight Boys" -- that Star's popularity truly rocketed.
We caught up with Star, who recently released his new CD Beauty Killer, to chat about Kim from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, sexual politics, and why Tila Tequila might want to stay (far, far) away from him.
Out: Hi, Jeffree.
Jeffree Star: [Singing] "Don't be tardy for the party..." That should be in the background of my interview!
I'll give Kim [from the Real Housewives of Atlanta] a call and arrange it.
[Laughs.] I twittered her. I was like, "Bitch, your song's amazing!" and she's like, "Thanks, gorgeous."
You haven't met her, have you?
No. But when they have like this type of interview and she's wearing the wig and it's all defused glow and her tits are all oiled up, she looks so --
Do think she's really only 30 or 31 years old?
I don't know.
She looks --
She wears more makeup than I do.
She cakes it on.
I love it though -- it's like tranny out of control.
So, moving on to you. You've been a model, you've been a DJ, you've been a fashion designer, a musician. Is there one of those that you consider to be your primary role? Who is Jeffree Star?
Well, Jeffree Star used to be a bunch of things, and I still kind of am -- I still DJ for fun, or I fake DJ like Samantha Ronson. I used to be a makeup artist for a lot of bands and now I just do my own makeup, but right now my main focus is my music career. I'm in love with recording and writing music so that's what I'm gonna stick to for right now.
How would you describe your sound?
I kind of made up my own genre. I'm like the anti-pop star music, where it's like Britney Sears and all that stuff, but it's more dirty and more edgy. I feel like the first time you listen to a Jeffree Star song it's kind of like the first time you lose your virginity -- you're not sure if the guy's ever gonna call you back and you're really nervous about it.
How do you go about the writing process?
I was really inspired by not always being overly sexual -- like my last CDs. I kind of want to dig deeper and kind of show people the more real Jeffree. Because no one really knows who I am. Everyone makes judgments and says things like, "Jeffree's a bitch, he's conceited," and you know, I might be all those things, but I don't want to let everyone in on the secret just yet. So when I was recording the record I was really inspired by love in general. I had never really talked about love, I usually talk about like sucking dick and licking vagina, which can get old after two CDs. So there are a lot of songs on the record about love and what my take on it and it's mixed with a lot of like violence, because I don't like the whole Kelly Clarkson "Since U Been Gone" crap. I want to, like, sing things that a guy's going to sing back to me while he's killing me.
You were one of the stand-out stars of the Warped Tour this summer. How did the frat boys react to you?
It was actually a really crazy, huge response for me. I played in front of thousands of people every day and it even surprised me how many people and what kind of crowd was in the audience. People always think that I only have a gay fan base because of who I am, but it's actually like 90% females who listen to, like, Hannah Montana and are probably doing anal with their boyfriends at age 12, so, it was cool to see a lot of like the punk rock guys support me and a lot of the punk rock bands on the tour have my back. There were a few instances where straight boys would try and antagonize me -- one guy sprayed me in the face with water, and it's like, you can spray me in the face with a lot of shit, but when I'm in full makeup and there's 100 degree weather? No. So, I ran after him and I tazed him to the floor and I kicked him in the head. Bitches be warned! [Laughs.]
People have called you a tranny, a cross-dresser, faggot --
All of the above.