Justin Bieber’s ‘V’ spread: high fashion or faux pas?

Justin Bieber

Those of us who were once young girls would plaster our walls with posters of hunky heartthrobs, ripping pages from our latest Tiger Beat violently taping it to our bedroom walls.

In these posters, even the most sensitive of ‘pretty boys’ butched up their image, with wifebeaters, ripped jeans and their meanest glare. The transformation looks a bit silly in retrospect (Justin Timberlake in cornrows?) but its efficacy cannot be denied.

Justin Bieber, meanwhile, has decided another to take a different approach.

In what seems to have been an attempt at high fashion, Bieber appears in new photos for V magazine wearing anything from a metallic vest suit to a broken gladiator helmet. The result is a sexually-ambiguous Bieber who looks just a tad like Julie Andrews. (Not that looking like Julie Andrews is bad!) The shots, with Metro commentary below:

Bieber didn’t originally want to appear on the V cover, so the magazine had to catch him in a net first.

Here Bieber is purposefully evoking the Roman emperor Augustus, who was also famous for his earrings.

Now these photos are just getting silly. What kind of robot doesn’t pull his pants up?

There’s definitely some waxing going on in Bieber’s routine.

If Sinead O’Connor and Elvis had a baby, it would look like this.

We’ve returned to the Roman theme. Truly, Justin Beiber is a gladiator of our cultural landscape, fighting for truth and justice in the face of all the haters.

We call this look “Top Gun meets rug.”

The cover of Bieber’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”-themed concept album.

The spread was photographed by Inez & Vinoodh and styled by Lady Gaga associate Nicola Formichetti, which offers a window into the mind of the artists behind the looks.

While we found the getups to be both inconsistent and perhaps a tad silly, we recognize that art is subjective. So what do you think? Ridiculous? Or visionary?


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

National

Every dog has his day in court, in…

(Reuters) - Call him juror K-9.A computer glitch is likely to blame for a summons that called a German Shepherd to report for jury duty,…

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

Television

'Dexter' star Jennifer Carpenter moves into producing role

The actress who played the title character's sister in "Dexter" is teaming up with producer George Stelzner to adapt Erika Hayasaki's book "The Death Class:…

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

MLB

Adam Warren closes out doubleheader sweep for Yankees

Adam Warren navigated a tricky ninth inning earn the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.