The Weeknd takes efficiency artwork to a different degree.
The musician (whose actual title is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) launched his first No. 1 single, “The Hills,” in 2015 — and as his songs rose on the charts, so did chatter about his look. Throughout his November 2015 Rolling Stone cowl story, he revealed that even Taylor Swift was obsessed with his hair during an encounter at a Grammys afterparty.
“She was like, ‘I’ve been listening to ‘The Morning’ [from House of Balloons] for years — it’s considered one of my favourite songs ever!’ I imply, she may need simply Googled it. She appeared real. However the entire time she was speaking, she was sort of, like, petting my hair?” he recalled to the journal. “I feel she was simply drawn to it — she should have been a bit of gone off a number of drinks. And naturally, I’m not going to be like, ‘Hey, are you able to cease?’ I imply, it felt good! However when she began petting my hair, that’s after I was like, ‘I positively want a drink.’”
One 12 months later, the Grammy winner shocked followers with a brand new look to associate with his third studio album, Starboy, cutting off his signature sky-high dreadlocks.
“He minimize his hair for the brand new album, to offer it a more energizing look to match the texture of the album,” an insider instructed Us in 2016. “It was a deliberate resolution like loads of artists do. New album, new look. He has been attempting to not be photographed to unveil all of it in a really deliberate rollout.”
Whereas it will be a number of extra years earlier than The Weeknd dropped his fourth album, he opted for an much more dramatic look change for 2020’s After Hours, which featured his bloody face on the duvet of the album.
“I really feel assured with the place I’m taking this [new] report,” he instructed CR Vogue E-book in February 2020. “There’s additionally a really dedicated imaginative and prescient and character being portrayed, and I get to discover a unique aspect of me that my followers have by no means seen.”
Throughout a number of appearances in 2020, together with on the MTV Video Music Awards in August, the singer sported a large bandage on his face. And if that wasn’t stunning sufficient, when the bandages got here off in January 2021, The Weeknd appeared to have extreme plastic surgery in his “Save Your Tears” video. Based on a supply, nevertheless, the look was “strictly efficiency artwork.”
The supply defined, “The Weeknd is sporting prosthetics as he’s been taking part in since November 2019 when he launched the After Hours period.”
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