Halloween is upon us, and to celebrate the holiday, we tasked six Hour Detroit editors with recreating headshots of celebrities — past and present — some may not know have roots in metro Detroit. To accomplish these transformations, local makeup artists, Megan Walker and Sam Chapel, used skillful makeup techniques to capture the aging lines of late actress Elaine Stritch, and a bald cap to transform one young female editor into University of Michigan alum, Arthur Miller. “This is not your everyday makeup routine, as there was a lot of contouring, highlighting, and shadowing involved,” says Chapel who specializes in graphic facepaint. “It would take a lot of time, patience, and artistic ability to create these looks at home,” adds Walker, who specializes in bridal, television, and film.
Utica hairstylist and salon owner of award-winning salon, Caidy Marie Beauty, Caidy Brasure sheared and shaped unruly wigs that evoked Alice Cooper’s shoulder-length, tameless hair, Dita Von Teese’s sculpted vintage curls, and the spikey, bleach-blond hair belonging to Joseph Bruce, aka Violent J of Insane Clown Posse. “I used a lot of hairspray,” chuckles Brasure. To recreate the looks, she says, “I would advise styling help from a professional.”
We imagine these makeovers will leave you spooked at the uncanny resemblance to the celebs the artists were able to achieve. Let us know your favorite look in the comments below!
Hair: Caidy Brasure, Caidy Marie Beauty
Makeup: Sam Chapel, available by appointment at Clarkston Makeup Studio and Megan Walker, available by appointment at Caidy Marie Beauty.
Before Photographs by Carolyn Watson
After Photographs by Matthew LaVere
Managing Editor, Lyndsay Green
I’ve admired Donyale Luna for years. Among the great supermodels of the 1960s — Twiggy, Naomi Sims, Sunny Harnett — Luna was the first African-American model to cover a Vogue publication, British Vogue, and later went on to star in films produced by Andy Warhol. I’d later learn that the enigmatic feline-like model was a born-and-raised Detroiter, discovered at the Fisher Building downtown. More recently, I learned that it is unwise to ever try to replicate the look of a supermodel — even for the sake of Halloween.
Actress and model Donyale Luna, otherwise known Peggy Ann Freeman, was born in 1945 in Detroit. Luna also appeared in films by her friend, Andy Warhol, many of them focusing on Luna herself, including Screen Test: Donyale Luna (1964) and Donyale Luna (1967). In 1965, Harper’s Baazar published a sketch of Luna for the cover of their January issue. A year later, she would be photographed by the legendary David Bailey for the cover of British Vogue’s March issue, making her the first African-American cover model for a Vogue brand. Her career began to dwindle as drug addiction overtook her life and by 33, Luna would die from a heroin overdose in Rome.
Digital Editor, Timothy Hafke
“Alice Cooper is one of the most profound rock stars of our lifetime. He shaped many of the sounds that we are familiar with today, and continues to shred his guitar around the world.”
At 70 years old, Detroit native Alice Cooper, originally Vincent Damon Furnier, is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter that has been hailed as “The Godfather of Shock Rock.” His gruesome on-stage performances have included guillotines, electric chairs, and even fake blood. After Cooper’s initial start as frontman for his namesake band and the release of their chart-topping album Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Cooper ventured into a solo career that went on to define the heavy rock genre. Throughout his fifty-year career, Cooper has released 27 albums, toured 33 times, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2011.
Associate Art Director, Kelsey Parkinson
“I chose Dita because she is such a strong, confident woman and I love her vintage glam look. Fun fact: I have her limited-edition lipstick she did for M.A.C.! It’s the perfect shade of red.”
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese, born Heather Renee Sweet in Rochester, is one of the most recognized neo-burlesque dancers and vedettes of the 21st century, and has been called “the Queen of Burlesque.” Her start as a fetish model involved a uniform of corsets, her waist measuring precisely 22 inches. In addition to starring on the covers of erotic magazines such as Bizarre and Marquis, Von Teese has been featured in Playboy three times. At age 46, she continues to perform burlesque routines — often involving the dancer sitting scantily clad in a giant martini glass — around the world. Many cite Von Teese for the re-popularization of burlesque.
Associate Editor, Lakshmi Varanasi
“Though Arthur Miller is not technically from Michigan, he is a University of Michigan alum, and was, among numerous other accolades, once described in The Paris Review as ‘a tall, rangy, good-looking man with a … sudden smile.’ ”
University of Michigan alumnus and famous playwright Arthur Miller sculpted 20th century American theater. His most famous productions include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Death of a Salesman (1949) and his Tony Award-winning The Crucible (1953). During his five-year marriage to Marilyn Monroe, Miller wrote and directed the 1960 film, The Misfits, in which the famous movie actress starred in. After their divorce and Monroe’s death, Miller wrote After the Fall (1964), a play that was largely based on their troubled relationship. Dedicated to his alma mater, he created U-M’s Arthur Miller Award in 1985 and the Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing in 1999. He passed away at age 89 from bladder cancer and heart failure in 2005.
Associate Editor, Emma Klug
“I admire Elaine Stritch’s talent for the stage, sense of humor, confidence, and unique sense of style. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pay homage to her.”
An eight-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award winning artist, legendary Broadway star Elaine Stritch was born in Detroit in 1925. In her early theater career, the actress garnered four Tony Awards for her roles in Bus Stop (1956), Sail Away (1962) and Company (1971). After being inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995, she earned another Tony for her 2002 one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty. She also ventured into television and film, receiving an Emmy for her guest roles on Law & Order (1993) and 30 Rock (2007). In 2014, Stritch died in her Birmingham home at age 89.
Creative Director, Carolyn Chin Watson
“I chose Insane Clown Posse because their look is the complete opposite of my daily wear. I enjoy doing really unexpected costumes to surprise people.”
Insane Clown Posse
Joseph Bruce, 46, and Joseph Utsler, 44, aka Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, formed the Detroit hip hop group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) in 1989. Through their lyrics, Bruce and Utsler introduced “horrorcore,” a genre that integrates elements of horror and supernaturalism. To date, ICP has sold more than 6.5 million records, including their poorly reviewed, 1997 platinum album The Great Milenko. In 1991, the duo founded their independent record label Psychopath Record, otherwise known as The Hatchet, an homage to the label’s logo, which depicts a man running with a cleaver in hand. Bruce often sports a chain with this symbol.