I fuck with The Weeknd’s new look to an insane degree

Is Abel in album mode or taking over the lease of an adult DVD store mode? Either way, it’s a win.

September 10, 2019
I fuck with The Weeknd’s new look to an insane degree The Weeknd at the Uncut Gems premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. September 09, 2019.   Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Uncut Gems, the new film from Josh and Benny Safdie, features a just-above-cameo appearance from The Weeknd, who plays a version of himself in the crime drama. The film premiered last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Abel Tesfaye graced the red carpet with what I assume to be a very expensive suit and 10-dollar mustache.

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Just look at it. It seems like something he pulled off of a Toxic Tik Tok user covering one of his songs. Tesfaye's image has always looked far more luxurious than the sleazeball persona he cultivates in his music (all that ~mystery~ probably has something to do with it) but for this era, he's dipped a single toe into the waters and come out looking like a producer on his way to reboot Deepthroat. All I have to say is "Godspeed." It's genuinely exciting to see a black pop star and style icon of his magnitude flirt so effectively with trashiness. Let's see if he takes it anywhere else.

I fuck with The Weeknd’s new look to an insane degree