Jeffrey Lynn Steininger, better known by his stage name Jeffree Star, is an American model, fashion designer, makeup artist, DJ, and singer-songwriter residing in Beverly Hills, California. He started his music career on MySpace with over 25 million plays on his self-released music. He is known for his fashion line and his transgressive, gender-bending appearance and persona.
Jeffree Star was born in Los Angeles County, California. His father died when Star was 6 years old; subsequently he was raised solely by his mother, a model who frequently went on assignments. As a child Star regularly began experimenting with his mother's makeup and convinced her to let him wear it to school when he was in junior high. He moved to Los Angeles following his graduation from high school, supporting himself with various makeup, modeling, and music jobs. He later recalled spending his time on weekends "using a fake ID to attend Hollywood clubs dressed in mini dresses and nine inch high heels where celebrities would contract [Star] for makeup work at their homes", or "hiring [Star] as a model." Star reports that his weekend socializing at clubs and the makeup advice he offered eventually led to his modeling career.