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Jeffree Star, Queen of the Internet
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Jeffree Star, Queen of the Internet

by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Jeffree Star
August 18
El Corazon


Jeffree Star, the gender-bending self-professed 'Queen of the Internet' who is currently on his 'I'm Pregnant, Let's Party' music tour, is on his way to Seattle.

Star, who phoned me from a massage table in Iowa, was excited to tell me about his forthcoming debut album, his recent tour experiences, and the direction of his career in general.

'It's been a long time coming. It's been exciting, there were lots of bumps in the road; I got arrested,' he said.

Star, who has been primarily a partygoer in the past, as well as a professional model, is beginning to change focus. He says he's starting to take his music more seriously.

Star's debut full-length album, scheduled for release on September 22, is well balanced and danceable. As for what to expect to hear in the clubs, Star says "Get Away with Murder" is it. The new song is worth getting excited about and promises many remixes.

"I think my music matches how serious I am," Star told SGN. "Before I really started to take my music seriously, it was all about fun and games and going out to clubs."

But not anymore. Star has tour dates scheduled throughout next year. "I still do a lot of photo shoots for fun," he said, but music is the direction he's taking.

Star, who's been on his current tour for about three weeks, alluded to being a good boy. "I've only slept with one person from one of the opening bands," he said.

He's enjoyed seeing his fans at shows and although Star has a large younger fan base, he says that on his current tour, he's beginning to see more and more Gay fans, which is refreshing for him as his largest fan base has generally been teen girls. Of course, he adores all his fans, but says that "young divas trying to wear a lot of makeup" can lead to a lot of negativity. Star aspires to let them know to not follow conformist ideas of what is beautiful and to express themselves openly.

"I want them to know that they don't have to be a manufactured, airbrushed blonde prostitute," said Star. "At the end of the day, I'm all about my fans - see, I'm actually a nice person!"

When I asked Star who inspires him, he said he really doesn't have a lot of idols. He's inspired by fashion magazines in general, and makeup, but recalled when he was little how much he adored the Spice Girls. "I wanted to be them," said Star. He also loves the Disney diva stars such as Hannah Montana, which some may find surprising as he is, in his own words, "like the anti-pop star."

Star's Myspace profile, which reportedly receives more views than any other profile, has plenty of information on who he is and what he's about, but he says that a lot of what's there is sarcastic. "I like to make fun of myself," he said.

Although Star has become an inspiration and idol for many, he says he doesn't think anyone should look up to anyone. "We all make mistakes," he said, admitting that he's made plenty, but also saying that he doesn't regret anything.

Nonetheless, Star has certainly become an icon in his own right. His career and rise to stardom have challenged heteronormative gender roles. I asked Star if he thought his career would help challenge these gender and dress roles further. "I hope that it does, but there are so many ignorant people.... Sometimes I feel like we're still in the '60s."

"I'm kind of jaded," Star said.

Although not avidly political, Star fully supports the Gay rights movement. "I did the NOH8 campaign photo shoot," he said.

Star hasn't yet decided what he plans to do in Seattle before and after the show. "Maybe have an orgy," he mused, "or have sex in woods."

Star will be in Seattle performing at El Corazon, August 18. The show is all ages, but access to a full bar is available for the 21+ crowd. For more information on Jeffree Star and his upcoming show at El Corazon, visit www.elcorazonseattle.com and www.myspace.com/jeffreestar.

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