Jeffree Star

Posted: October 21, 2010 in public figure


Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, November 15, 1986), is an American model, fashion  designer, make-up artist, DJ, and singer-songwriter residing in the Los Angeles area. He is an  Internet celebrity known for his popularity on MySpace as well as his fashion line and from his  transgressive, gender-bending appearance and persona while calling himself “Queen of the  Internet” and “Queen of the Beautifuls”. Star has leveraged his fame as an androgynous model and  aesthetic talents to launch his own clothing line and forays into acting and DJing.

Early life
Star was born in Orange County, California. Star recalls that he “discovered that he was gay in his  early childhood”. His father died in his childhood thus Star was left alone while his working model  mother went on assignments. He began experimenting with his mother’s makeup at a young age,  leading to an obsessive compulsive interest, and convinced his mom to let him wear make-up to  school when he was in junior high.

Star’s make-up artist career was started at age fifteen as an “underage gender-bending club kid”  wearing make-up, dying his hair in day-glo colors and cross dressing which in turn led to receiving  large amounts of attention from people both in and out of school. Star’s popularity came from wearing women’s clothing and accessories in high school. Star recalls that his obsessive compulsive disorder as a child pushed him into wearing his mother’s makeup and clothes.

On weekends, Star recounts using a “fake ID to attend Hollywood clubs dressed in mini dresses and nine inch high heels where celebrities would contract him for make-up work at their homes”, or “hiring [Star] as a model.” He reports that his weekend partying at clubs and the make-up advice he gave was the foundation to his modeling career.

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