Updated: Jan 4, 2020
Jeffree Star (born Jeffrey Lynn Steininger Jr.; November 15, 1985) is an American makeup artist, entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, DJ, beauty YouTuber, model, and Internet celebrity. He is the founder and owner of Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
By 2006, Star had become the most followed person on MySpace. He frequently used the platform to promote his music career. In 2009, Star released his first and only studio album, Beauty Killer, which included songs such as "Lollipop Luxury" featuring Nicki Minaj. He embarked on several world tours to promote his music.
In 2010, he signed to Konvict Muzik—whose founder Akon described Star as "the next Lady Gaga". However, Star abruptly left the music industry in 2013 due to legal issues Akon was facing between 2007 and 2010.
In November 2014, he founded his own cosmetics company, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which he promoted on his YouTube channel. In 2018, Star earned $18 million from his YouTube endeavors alone, according to Forbes. That was enough to make him the 5th highest-paid YouTube star as of December 2018.