It’s exhausting to consider The Weeknd has solely been well-known since 2013. After all, the “Blinding Lights” artist, whose actual identify is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, has reworked himself so many instances over time!
At first, The Weeknd made minor adjustments to his look. Take his haircut in 2016, for instance. The Toronto, Canada, native debuted a shorter coiffure after years of getting dreadlocks that he sometimes styled half-up, half-down. “He lower his hair for the brand new album, to provide it a more energizing look to match the texture of the album,” a supply revealed to Us Weekly on the time, referring to his 2016 studio album, Starboy.”It was a deliberate choice 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.”
Fast ahead to the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards and The Weeknd was again at it with yet one more new look. This time, nevertheless, it was much more jarring than getting a trim. The singer’s face appeared bloody and bruised. Three months later, on the American Music Awards in November, The Weeknd upped the ante and added bandages paying homage to a post-op cosmetic surgery affected person.
Lastly, for his “Save Your Tears” music video, which dropped on January 5, The Weeknd was fully unrecognizable because of CGI and excessive prosthetics. If something, he appeared extra like Jim Carrey in 1994’s The Mask than himself.
Of course, the Grammy Award winner did not really alter his face within the identify of artwork, however the outcomes had been nonetheless stunning, nonetheless. To date, The Weeknd has by no means explicitly defined the story behind his stage make-up. That mentioned, he did reveal the that means behind his tune “Blinding Lights,” which is the place the primary part of the look originated.
“‘Blinding Lights’ [is about] the way you need to see somebody at evening, and you are intoxicated, and you are driving to this individual and you are simply blinded by road lights — however nothing may cease you from attempting to go see that individual, since you’re so lonely,” The Weeknd instructed Esquire in an August 2020 interview. “I do not need to ever promote drunk driving, however that is what the darkish undertone is.”
Hmmm … so his efficiency artwork is a warning in opposition to drunk driving? If that is the case, the acute cosmetic surgery component continues to be complicated. Who is aware of? Maybe it is a warning in opposition to each! Here’s hoping followers will get an evidence someday.
Scroll by way of the gallery under to see The Weeknd’s whole transformation over time.