Ke$ha's Look: Garbage Chic or Just Plain Trash?
By Jo Piazza Posted Feb 7th 2010 01:00PM
Artfully dirty 22-year-old singing sensation Ke$ha is still leading the Billboard singles chart with her catchy 'TiK ToK.' Reigning pop princess Rihanna recently called her "dope", "incredible" and the new "it" girl. The New York Times is even a little swoony over her, but some fans are grossed out by her trashy look. Does she go too far? PopEater finds out.
Ke$ha's trademark is what she calls her "garbage chic" style, messed hair, smudged makeup, embracing imperfection rather than hiding her flaws.
"It was something that Ke$ha has said evolved from being poor and trying to brand herself as best she could on a budget -- it wasn't about going to Urban Outfitters and paying full price to look 'vintage,' although that's probably exactly what most fans will do," explains Marissa Gold of StyleList. "As for whether the look works or not -- it's definitely a win for the Ke$ha in terms of getting noticed, but it's not something that's going to be as charming in real-life."
Some fans want the girl with the dollar sign in her name to clean up her act just a little bit, especially when stepping out at something as time-honored as the Grammys' red carpet with music legends and rock royalty. From the moment Ke$ha walked out of her car and into the spotlight on Sunday night the twitters-sphere erupted with calls for the singer to at least bother to brush her hair or properly apply eyeliner.
Among the comments that inundated Twitter over Ke$ha's look: "She looks like she never bathes and if she does, it's in booze." "Looks like a mess and not a hot one." "Ke$ha looks disgusting at the Grammys."
Celebrity Stylist Mary Alice Stephenson agrees. "It's not a good sign when Britney is more stylish than you," Stephenson says.
"Messy, bedhead hair should look sexy, not dirty. And what's with the feathers? One of my personal style icons, Debbie Harry (of Blondie fame), was legendary for her tousled blonde mane...Ke$ha should definitely take a page from her book for inspiration. There is nothing 'chic' about garbage," says beauty and style blogger Africa Miranda of The Hairnista Chronicals.
We totally understand that this is a "style choice." Even Christina Aguilera went through her "dirrrty" phase. But Christina finally cleaned up and now flaunts a super glam style. Maybe that is part of Ke$ha's long-term strategy for spotlight staying power.
"It's hard to get noticed in the music industry. You have to create a recognizable image; there are a million pretty pop princess with mile long extensions. Ke$ha was smart by defining her style as 'garbage can chic,'" says Valerie Anderson of Hair on the Brain."She has the stories to back it up. She threw up in Paris Hilton's closet. She lived out of her car. She broke into Prince's house! If she sticks around, Ke$ha's garbage can chic is setting her up for a great transformation later in her career. She'll drop the money symbol and become 'Kesha', scrape off the glitter makeup, wash the bedhead and become glam--major news story. Everyone loves a makeover!"
Even the beauty industry is taking notice. Last month grooming website Lock & Mane composed a blog post entitled, "Ke$ha Can We Brush Your Hair?"
"It was a public service of sorts," explains Lock & Mane's Margaret Kelly. "Maybe she doesn't own a brush. We just want to help a young girl look her best."
Singer Kesha arrives on the red carpet at the 52nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Gabriel BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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