If you haven’t heard of Jeffree Star, don’t blame him. The 6-foot "queen of the internet" is exactly that — a larger-than-life presence that lords over MySpace, YouTube (and now Twitter) with flawless makeup and a fierce attitude. Catch up.
Star, 22, has worked as a makeup artist for Kelly Osbourne and Paris Hilton, dabbled in modeling and designed a successful line of clothes for Hot Topic stores. Now, after a pair of EPs and a string of explicit singles, Star is taking the full dive into music with Beauty Killer, a full-length disc due in September. But this is no bedroom affair. It includes production work from Lester Mendez (Shakira, Jessica Simpson, Nelly Furtado), Luke Walker (Alkaline Trio, Elliott Yamin) and 3OH!3’s Nathaniel Motte.
Amid preparations for his stint on the Vans Warped Tour — and tending to a fractured elbow — Star let loose on everything from Sarah Palin and Disney princess Demi Lovato to Adam Lambert and Houston bitches:
How are you?
I'm pregnant. I saw you on Twitter today. There were no naked pictures of you. I heard a rumor.
Oh, yeah, what was that?
I heard you had a big one.
We'll leave that for when you’re in town.
Right? (Laughs.) I love it.
Where are you calling from today?
Alaska. Sarah Palin wanted me to show her how to finger-blast properly. I actually live in N. Hollywood, in the arts district.
Your first full-length album, Beauty Killer is out Sept. 1. How's that coming?
(I just finished) last night at five in the morning. I've just done EPs before. I was testing the waters, musically, because I didn't really know what I wanted to do with my career. This time around, I kind of embraced a lot of rock elements, mixed it with dance and kind of made something really unique that no one's ever heard before.
Prisoner, the first single, has already racked up more than 4 million hits on your MySpace page.
I've just never really made music that I guess I've been 100-percent proud of, you know? It was time for me to take myself more seriously. It's like my big, 'How are you?' to the world.
Did it feel like the stakes were higher?
No — I just wanted to try harder. Everyone's so used to the electro, Peaches-type, suck-my-dick stuff. I've grown up. I'm not 18 years old anymore.
Your celebrity was built around MySpace, YouTube and now Twitter. Do you feel the pressure to keep up with all of them?
I only feel pressure to keep up my quota of sleeping with men every week. At least five straight men in my mouth per week.
Speaking of, are you excited about being around so many, ahem, straight boys on the Warped Tour?
I fractured my elbow two weeks ago. I'll be ready to jack you off when I meet you. I actually was in Salt Lake City doing a gay Pride event, and I got gang-banged. I fell off a bed, and I landed on an endtable. The usual.
How does the Warped crowd take to Jeffree Star?
I'm basically like the Lindsay Lohan of Warped Tour. Everywhere I go, there's always like a million people following me. It's really positive, and it's really fun.
What are some must-haves on the road?
I need my MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix, so I look flawless. I have three phones to keep up with all the guys I talk to. And I need my MacBook Pro.
Were cross-country tours and studio albums ever part of the Jeffree Star mentality?
I actually had no idea I'd ever tour or do CDs. I did a few songs as a joke and put them on my MySpace, and they got a huge reaction. Everyone wanted it. I was like, 'Oh, wow, I guess I better take it serious.'
You recently did an R-rated -- far superior -- cover of the Black Eyed Peas' Boom Boom Pow. Is that on your album?
I don't want to pay Fergie any royalties, because she's too much of a retard. I just put it out for free download on my MySpace page. Everyone’s like, 'I hate this song,' but it's been the No. 1 song for 11 weeks, so someone must like it.
Is there an influence or icon that shaped your look, style, attitude?
I think living in Orange County and being surrounded by a bunch of fake, tan, stupid people inspired me not to be that way. I was always really into fashion magazines, and my mom used to be a model. I was intrigued that you could put on makeup and be someone who you're not.
You've become fast friends with Demi Lovato over Twitter. How did that come about?
I took her to see The Hangover a week ago. She was hanging out with a few of my band members, and she called me from one of their phones. She was like, 'I'm a really big fan.' I was like, 'What? I’m obsessed with you. Let's hang out.' Her mom loves me. I'm going to her Houston show (July 3 at Reliant Arena).
Demi Lovato and David Archuleta, let's not forget.
I don't know who David is. Isn't he one of those queers that won American Idol? I don’t follow that stuff. I did fuck Adam Lambert three years ago, so that's funny that he's going to be famous now. He was obsessed with me because of how I looked. But now he'll be a millionaire overnight, so I hope he has a great life. His Rolling Stone cover was an airbrush.
In case you don't know, Texas is ridiculously hot these days.
I use umbrellas like little Asian ladies. I'm whiter than cocaine. I refuse to get dark. I don’t like skin cancer. I don't want to look like Obama. I want to look like an angel.
What comes to mind when you think of Houston?
I went to the mall there, and I threw a drink on someone.
Was this on purpose or accidentally?
Oh, it's always on purpose. Some girl was talking shit about me, so I threw my soda on her and told her to have a great day.
Vans Warped Tour: 11 a.m. Friday. With Jeffree Star, 3OH!3, Less Than Jake, Underoath, Bad Religion, Thrice, the Devil Wears Prada, the Ataris, Saosin, Dance Gavin Dance, Senses Fail, InnerPartySystem, Shooter Jennings and others. Sam Houston Race Park. $32.98 advance, $40 at the door; theshowgrounds.com or 800-211-3381.