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"Like Hannah Montana fans," he adds with a laugh, "but edgier."
Pulling back and peering at the bigger picture of Jeffree Star, these doll-like comparisons just circle around to the pop performer's obsession with being beautiful — or being dead.
Star's vision of tonal variations of pink perfection and a fascination with celebrity culture are encapsulated in his video for "Beauty Killer," which came out this summer. Though he is rarely — if ever — photographed without a full face of makeup, the video is a frame-by-frame worship session devoted to many a Star persona, complete with close-ups of his beauty-queen tattoos flashed between the image of his flawlessly made-up self.
Though he claims no allegiance to David Bowie's gender-ambiguity influence, there are points in the video at which Star is a near ringer for a modern-day Aladdin Sane. Or maybe he's just channeling a little cartoonish Jem and the Holograms true outrageousness from the late '80s. Either way, Jeffree Star fans won't know or care. Things that happened before the Internet aren't real, anyway. But Star is here to stay, Internet fame or not.
Besides, he concludes, "MySpace is dead, just like Anna Nicole Smith."