Phony looks.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


What happens when a new Hollywood star emerges? The star gets their schedule filled up with photo shoots, press events and interviews. Struggling on a monthly basis to find a suitable figure for a front cover, men’s magazines gets all excited when a male actor rise from gravel. Putting a popular man the front cover plus an interview about how stoned they used to get while smoking weed on board a roller coaster or how much alcohol they used to drink tend to result in bumped up circulation.

Oddly men’s magazines have a tendency of giving actors in their early 20s a pathetic styling treatment. With artificially looking facial hair resembling well taken care of genital areas and excessive retouching young stars are made into look more sterile in order for the cover not to look like it’s aimed at fanatic teens. Funny enough the end result often mimics a girl dressed and styled as a man for a school play. Shia Labeouf is not an exception and has been transformed by both GQ US and Arena magazine into something that would make Megatron laugh his screws off.

13 comments:

steelcloset said...

The facial hair does not work at all. I don't know why he keeps it.

Matt said...

You nailed it.

Tony said...

Impecable timing. After reading your post and wondering "Who the hell is Shia LaBeouf?" I get this month's issue of Details magazine with - guess who - plastered on the cover.

dressed said...

I think that Shia looks so cute. I actually bought that GQ mag just because he was on it!

star anise said...

oh wow... I disagree about the facial hair. So hot. I don't know what it is about this guy that really does it for me. I feel like such a cougar. ;)

CIVILIZED SPICE

Los Angeles River said...

The GQ one was done tastefully, but the other one looks like his head is photoshopped on some model's body.

Anyway, i think the facial hair is alright.

Kat said...

the first cover is way better than the other!

Enthral said...

He looks completely bewildered on both of those covers. The first one is definitely better though.

Anonymous said...

He's a hottie and I like the GQ cover.

Giblees Fine Clothing said...

He is still a little kid its funny to see that they try to give him somewhat of a classic. The facial hair is a poor attempt to make him look older.

Ikechukwu said...

The GQ cover was not bad, but I feel the Arena one is sad cry at making him look masculine. It's unfortunate on the heels of these magazine covers, Mr. LeBeouf had a bad run in with the law :( Not very gentlemanly....

TheSundayBest said...

Here is a sobering thought. Shia LaBeouf's movies have now grossed more than Tom Cruise's.

AJ said...

Basically - i couldn't have said it better myself - plus i really don't see any appeal in Shia apart from giving due that he is a good actor. But without sounding mean, its as if they were trying to make Paul Giamatti into a sex symbol - amazing actor but not even Steven Klein could make him drool worthy - to the best of my knowledge!