The Weeknd (born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) is never afraid to change his look — even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. We’ve seen the Starboy crooner endure an interesting journey with his hair and fashion sense throughout his career ascent. For 2021, it looks like The Weeknd is indulging in yet another creepy aesthetic. In his video for “Save Your Tears,” the singer-songwriter debuted a quite disturbing look that is intended to make him appear as if he had a ton of plastic surgery, showing off fillers around his cheeks and lips. Before you fret, however, The Weeknd’s “fillers” are just prosthetics.
While the “Die For You” singer’s face may be distorted for artistic purposes, the video itself is just as surreal. The four-minute-long visual shows The Weeknd singing to a masked audience before joining the crowd and singing around them. To end the video with a bang (no pun intended), the singer put a gun to his head, squeezed the trigger, and fired out confetti. As any true fan of The Weeknd knows, he switches up his look pretty often.
The Weeknd isn't afraid to look gory for the sake of art
The Weeknd’s strange prosthetic filled video isn’t the first time we’ve seen the singer delve into costume play. At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, The Weeknd appeared at the show with a battered face. Similarly, at the 2020 American Music Awards, the Uncut Gems actor appeared on the red carpet with several bandages on his face. While many were concerned with The Weeknd’s health based on his appearance, rest assured that his “injuries” are consistent with his fourth studio album, After Hours.
According to the singer himself, the bandages are figuratively used as a concept for his Billboard Hot 100 No.1 single “Blinding Lights.” The Weeknd told Esquire that the chart-topping single is about “how you want to see someone at night, and you’re intoxicated, and you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights, but nothing could stop you from trying to go see that person, because you’re so lonely. I don’t want to ever promote drunk driving, but that’s what the dark undertone is.” It seems like The Weeknd is truly encompassing the idea of “demon time” to ring in 2021.
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