The "aspiring makeup artist", according to his Instagram account bio, should really change it to "inspiring". At only 17 years old, James Charles has risen in popularity thanks to his Instagram account, which already has more than 431,000 followers after only one year. His account showcases makeup styles including pixellated lips and his signature bold galaxy look.
No wonder that his unique and daring style got him Katy Perry's full support. The face of CoverGirl and outspoken pop star announced on her Instagram page that the beauty brand has named its first ever male CoverGirl. "Just wrapped another great @CoverGirl shoot. Honored to have the pleasure to announce the very first COVERBOY, James Charles! Follow him @JCharlesBeauty!" she captioned the picture of the both of them.
CoverGirl published its own statement and explained why James Charles is the perfect fit for their campaign.
All CoverGirls "are role models and boundary-breakers, fearlessly expressing themselves, standing up for what they believe, and redefining what it means to be beautiful [...] James Charles is no exception," the company said in a statement. "One year ago, he boldly chose to launch his Instagram to the world, using transformative, dynamic makeup looks to showcase the many facets of his personality, serving as an inspiration to anyone who might have been afraid to do the same."
Charles will be the new face of an upcoming campaign for the new CoverGirl's mascara, "So Lashy," which is launching later this month. The brand also highlighted that the mascara is made to work on all lash types which echoes with the feeling of all-inclusiveness that comes with this new announcement.
The new face of the company also shared his excitement on social media while still making fun of himself. "THE SECRETS OUT.. so beyond excited to finally announce that I am the new face of #COVERGIRL and the first ever coverBOY. I am so thankful and excited and cannot wait to show you all what we have in store. Make sure you go check out @covergirl on Instagram for more info! AND YES I know I have lipstick on my teeth it was a looonnnnggg day."
Work, boy, work!